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No more diving

I’ve practised diving now for a total of roughly two years, which means that I started four years ago, considering that I had a two-year break when I lived in Taiwan. I’ve always liked diving a lot, so I’m a bit sad to say that I probably won’t practise much diving the coming semester, perhaps not after that either.

The reason is a collision in priorities: I want to practise a certain minimum amount of time to make it feel worthwhile, but the diving club wants to focus on younger talents. Since the have a very limited time at their disposal, these two can, apparently, not be combined, which means that I can no longer practise the way I feel I need to in order to advance.

In practical terms, what happened was that, without any warning, our practice time was cut in half (from four hours to only two). Before this, we have been able to total quite a nice number of hours a week, considering that we went diving on our own. With only two ours of diving with a coach, I would have to add a lot of extra time to keep up, which would cost about twice as much money and generally be a lot more inconvenient (it’s difficult to find time when the diving pool is free).

I don’t want to practise something I can’t focus on properly because of restrictions like these. In addition, following the reasoning leading to the decrease in practice time for us grown ups this time, there is no reason to believe that it couldn’t be reduced further in the future. I definitely do not want to spend lots of time on something that might go away entirely without my being able to influence the outcome. Then I’d much rather quit now and do something else.

So, what am I going to do, then? Gymnastics and related strength training, mostly, i.e. the same things I’ve been doing all along, minus diving. I will probably still go diving occasionally, but not as often as before and not as my main physical activity. It feels quite bad that it ends this way, but I really see no other option.

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This is the sixth of the posts in which I explain and motivate the items on my 101-in-1001 list. The list itself can be viewed here, where you can also find a list of all posts related to the list. If you want to follow my progress in more detail, you should check my profile page at the Day Zero Project.

Note: I’m skipping many goals here, because they have already been explained in detail. Look at this post for more details. Thus, I will only mention the goals not discussed in the previous article.

Be able to perform 15 dives with a degree of difficulty over 2.0

This goal needs some explaining because the number 2.0 is probably meaningless to most of you. Here are a few dives I can do that have difficulty 2.0 or above:

1. 1m, inward one-and-a-half somersault, tuck
2. 1m, forward two-and-a-half somersault, tuck
3. 3m, forward two-and-a-half somersault, tuck
4. 1m, back double somersault somersault, tuck
5. 3m, inward two-and-a-half somersault, tuck

There are also a couple of dives I have done, but that I don’t consider myself to be able to perform now:

1. 1m, forward double somersault
2. 10m, handstand forward one somersault
3. 3m, forward one-and-a-half somersault with one twist

This means that I have a couple of old dives to pick up, but also need to learn a few more. Learning to do a number of the above-mentioned dives in a piked position will give a few and adding twisting would also increase the number. I would say that this goal isn’t very hard, but it will take diligent practising over the next year or so.

Perceived difficulty: 4/10
Estimated time needed: ? hours
Progress so far: 35%

Walk 100 metres on my hands

This is an old goal and it’s really here mostly because I don’t want to give up. I managed somewhat more than 70 metres juts before I moved to Taiwan, but then I decided to put the project on ice for a while since the climate wasn’t very kind to physical performance. I now have no good excuse not to learn this. Sure, the goal is rather silly, but handstand endurance is quite good to have both in diving and gymnastics.

This task has been misunderstood by quite a lot of people. The problem is not balance. If never tired, I could probably walk for an hour without falling. Alas, strength is the big problem. Advancing up to 50 metres was okay, but after that it became really, really hard. Perhaps I’ll try a different method this time, but more importantly, I won’t give up.

Perceived difficulty: 8/10
Estimated time needed: ? hours
Progress so far: 35%

Be able to reach full front split and side split

Almost everything I do for fun (except perhaps studying Chinese) requires flexibility. In many cases, being flexible not only increases performance, but it also makes it more fun and decreases the risk of injury. I don’t mean to say that I’m extremely inflexible, but increasing flexibility has been a goal for some time and front split and side split seem like good goals. This is more a test of discipline than anything else.

Perceived difficulty: 7/10
Estimated time needed: ? hours
Progress so far: 0%

Sargent’s jump 80 cm

A Sargent’s jump is simply a rather crude method to measure vertical jumping height. Measure how far you can reach up a wall with one hand standing still, then jump and make a mark at the top of the trajectory. Measure the difference between these two points, this is your vertical. I currently have a vertical of 58 cm, which is without any dedicated training whatsoever. I don’t know how difficult it will be to reach 80, but it will either be hard or very hard.

Perceived difficulty: 7/10
Estimated time needed: ? hours
Progress so far: 0%

Study an anatomy handbook and learn at least 200 anatomical words

Some auxiliary knowledge about sports is always good to have. For instance, studying anatomy makes it easier to talk about training and to analyse what’s going on in a specific exercise. Studying one handbook won’t turn me into an expert, but it will probably help me understand the other tasks in this section of the list!

Perceived difficulty: 3/10
Estimated time needed: 20 hours
Progress so far: 0%

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On Friday, October 29th, I left Linköping for Stockholm and my first diving competition, Aquarapid International 2010. Having only practised diving for roughly two years, my goals were rather humble: score more than zero points on all six dives. I succeeded with this, and didn’t even score badly on more than a couple of dives. Overall, I’m very satisfied with the result and I look forward to future competitions.

Going to Stockholm

I left home at noon with Niklas and Marina, two of the other divers in the masters’ diving group in Linköping. None of us had competed before, but Niklas and I are roughly equally good divers, whereas Marina started diving only recently. We squeezed into Niklas’ car and headed northwards. On time, we approached the capital after a lunch break, but then something went wrong. I think this picture explains it pretty accurately:


It says “we came from here” and “were headed here”. Not the most direct way as you can see.

The detours took around an hour extra, but since we had planned for this, we still arrived at Eriksdalsbadet on time (with enough time left to warm up and so on). We had roughly forty minutes to dive before the competition began, which was essential for me, because last Wednesday (the last practice session before the competition), I failed one of my dives more times than I’ve ever done before. Thus, I really had to get a good start and remember that feeling when the real competition began. I did get a good feeling, but still, I had no idea how my mind and body would react to diving under the stress that competitions entail. This is how it went:

The six dives

1m, 5122d (forward one somersault with one twist, free) – This was my dreaded first dive and the one I failed more than half of the attempts only two days before the competition. The dive is not very difficult as such, but I suddenly forgot how to do it. I was quite nervous when I did this and I think that’s obvious when you look at it. The short preparation time was a bonus.

Score for the dive (difficulty 1.9): 5.0 5.5 4.5 = 28.5 points – This was higher than expected. Of course, I can do it a lot better, but not under these circumstances. More importantly, I could have failed entirely. I didn’t and thus I’m very happy. Next time, I will probably have advanced beyond this dive entirely, but only time will tell.

1m, 403c (inward one-and-a-half somersault, tuck) – This is probably the easiest dive for me and there was no conceivable way I could have failed it. I didn’t, and I think it’s obvious that I know what I’m doing here. It was nice to have this dive after the first, because I was still a bit shaky from all the adrenaline.

Score for the dive (difficulty 2.2): 6.0 6.5 6.5 = 42.9 points – This is in line with what I expected. I can’t do a much cleaner landing than this, but there are still some things that could have been improved. This is a nice dive and I’ll probably keep it, but I should be able to do it piked next time.

3m, 405c (inward two-and-a-half somersault, tuck) – This dive is the same as the one above, but with one extra somersault and two extra metres. It is a lot more difficult, so putting them one after another was a good idea, because then I would feel more prepared when attempting the harder of the two. I knew I would make it, but I was too nervous to perform it nicely.

Score for this dive (difficult 2.7): 4.0 5.0 3.5 = 32.4 points – To be honest, I think this dive is better than the 3.5, but perhaps not as good as 5. I jump off the springboard too early, which doesn’t give me enough height. My intention is to keep practising this dive and hopefully be able to perform it on the one-metre springboard as well, but that will be quite hard.

5m, 612b (handstand forward one somersault, pike) – The problem with handstands on a competition is that you get only one try. Or, to be honest, you get two attempts, but if you fail the first, you are heavily penalised. We practised the handstand specifically for this by doing ten attempts everyday. As soon as we had gained balance, we aborted. I succeed almost 100 times in a row, but I was still very nervous about this one.

Score for this dive (difficulty 1.7): 5.5, 6.5 6.0 = 30.6 points – As you can see, I did succeed on my first attempt. However, I was very, very close to fail. I pushed off too weakly, but I managed to save it anyway. Then I gain a good, solid handstand position. Sadly, the dive itself is pretty poorly executed, especially the landing, so I’m not very happy with the result. I don’t like platform diving very much, so I’m not going to develop this one.

5m, 103b (forward one-and-a-half somersault, pike) – Having finished the handstand, the two remaining dives were a walk in the park. I probably wouldn’t fail this dive even once in a thousand attempts. I put two easy dives at the end deliberately, and having reached this stage, I was more or less sure that I had already reached my goal for the competition, i.e. not to fail anything badly.

Score for this dive (difficulty 1.7): 6.0 7.0 6.5 = 33.15 points – This dive is actually tied with the 403c above, at least if we only look at the judges. I don’t see why this dive is as good as they thought it was, because in my mind, the 403c is a lot better. Still, I think this one is quite nice, although I could work more on my pikes.

3m, 105c (forward two-and-a-half somersault, tucked) – This is one of my favourite dives, not only because I’m better at it than most other dives of this difficulty, but also because it’s really fun to perform. I knew that I could do this well, the only question that remain was how well. Ending the competition with a dive I knew very well was nice, because at this time, the warm up was already quite a long time ago.

Scores for this dive (difficulty 2.2) 6.5 6.0 6.0 = 39.6 points – I’m satisfied with the points, but to be honest, this is far from good. I’ve done this dive better many, many times. I’m especially disappointed that I seem to just let the tuck go, rather than extending it with control and thus reducing the splash. I can do this a lot better, but it was still a nice dive to end the competition with.

Final score: 207.15 (see scoring protocol)

Some thoughts and reflections

First and foremost, I really enjoyed the competition. It was great to focus on a few dives for a while and see how well I could make them under stress. I was less nervous than I thought, but waiting for long periods between dives was still quite a strain. It is very likely that I will compete again, but next time, I’m going to make sure that I have no dives that I’m not sure if I will manage. Sure, it’s cool to do more difficult dives, but it’s also psychologically demanding not to know if I’m even going to receive a single point or not.

Second, it was inspiring to see other divers. I haven’t mentioned how the competition went in terms of rank, because it’s not very important. The winner had above 300 points, which is way beyond me. If I would have performed the best I’ve ever done for every single dive, I might have scored around 250, but that’s very unlikely, and even then, I would still only be halfway to the winner. Seeing these people dive was a treat though and I enjoyed it immensely.

Third, I feel that the competition has given me a sense of direction. Sure, I was quite motivated before and knew what I wanted to learn, but now I think the text competition will be in focus. It’s more than half a year away, but that doesn’t matter. I have lots to learn and I plan to have a nice series of dives ready, probably containing a lot more twisting.

Finally, I would like to thank all the people who were in some way involved or in some manner supported me!

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Diving in Gaoxiong

Tuesday morning shortly after seven o’clock, I left my room in order to catch the bus into town to start a trip that would take me to Gaoxiong in the south of Taiwan. Even though the trip involved some unplanned delays, I still arrived in Gaoxiong around two o’clock in the afternoon. Vanessa picked me up at the bus station and we immediately went to the diving pool in Gaoxiong’s National Sports Training Center. The complex hosts much more than a nice diving pool, but this time that was what interested me. I have not been diving seriously since June, so I was very excited by the opportunity to practice again. Needless to say, I was equally excited by going to Gaoxiong to meet Vanessa, but this post is primarily about diving (I will publish another entry shortly about the rest of the stay in Gaoxiong).

Diving the first day felt awkward in the beginning, not only because I had not practiced for a long time, but also because I was the only one diving. Later, however, some other people (see picture below) arrived and it felt more natural. The second day felt even better and made me wish to do more diving in the future, if possible. Of course, going to Gaoxiong often is out of the question, because I need to skip classes and the way there is far from conveniet. However, going once or twice every month or so would be an option, especially if it is possible to go over weekends instead of weekdays. Writing about diving is perhaps not very interesting, so instead of doing that, I will use pictures and some minor commentary to let you know more about the trip. In all, I spent close to seven hours in the diving pool.

First, however, I would like to thank everyone who made this possible, especially  謝明璟 (who allowed us to come and practice with him) and Vanessa (who spent lots of time finding somewhere for me to dive). This means very much to me, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.


I and Vanessa had excellent company all the time!


Me and 謝明璟, thanks again for everything.


A little bit better than our diving pool in Sweden.


Having five three-metre springboards is pretty awesome (and six one-metre ones, whereof two are on land).


Having a pool just for the diving is also sweet, not having to care about swimmers or non-divers.


Hello!


Wee!


Trampolines are also nice, especially as a complement for diving practice. I spent a lot of time on these a long time ago, and even though I did not have much time to spend this time, it would be awesome to have for daily practice.


Something like this would be even more awesome. Springboards on land with the possibility of attaching lines to the diver in order to safely try new dives.


A similar set of lines for a normal springboard, also extremely useful for trying new things. So far, I have had to do it the hard way (i.e. trying and see what happens).

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Exercise regimen

This exercise regimen is a result of collaboration between myself, Niklas and one of our diving instructors (we basically took her suggestions, went through them keeping some exercises, discarding others, then we added our own for goals not covered by diving at all). I approximate that these exercises will take roughly two hours to perform, including warm-up and stretching. I am sure that this will require a lot of adjustment and tuning, but this is were I begin.

Update: After testing one session each and discussing the various parts of the program, some slight changes have been made, primarily to decrease the amount of time required. The program itself feels good, though.

Another update: The program still proved to be too demanding (taking 71 minutes to complete with almost no rest). It was alright when motivation and energy levels were at their premium, but this is a regimen we want to incorporate regularly, not only when the circumstances are suitable enough.

Warm-up
Skipping rope – 3 x 100 reps
Dynamic stretching* – 15 min

Legs
Leaps, one-legged, from stool – 3 x 10
Leaps, two-legged, straight knees – 3 x 20
Leaps, two-legged – 3 x 10

Arms and shoulders
Handstand, push-up** – 3 x 5
Pull-ups, chin-ups, fewer fingers – 3 x 10
Push-ups from chair, piked, weight forward – 3 x 10

Abdomen
Ab wheel, standing** – 3 x 5
Pike raises, sitting – 3 x 10
Tucks, sitting – 3 x 15

Back
Bridge – 3 x 1 min
Diagonal arm/leg raises – 3 x 30
Pike raises, headstand – 3 x 10

Hands and forearms
Wind weight – 3 x 3
Fingertip push-ups – 3 x 15

Stretching* – 30 min
Calves
Thigh, front
Thigh, back
Thigh, inner
Hip flexors
Glutes
Back
Pike (explicitly)
Abdomen
Chest
Lats
Shoulders
Forearms
Neck

*Juji’s guide is excellent and probably the most extensive and best website about stretching I have yet found. Highly recommended.

**Beast Skills provides abundant information on this exercise, as well as on many, many others.

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Diving, autumn 2007

This is a report I have postponed many times because of lack of video sequences, but now I feel that I have to write it in spite of the fact that I still lack some dives I would have liked to present here. A month has passed since last year ended, and if I want to call this a report on last semester’s diving, shooting film now is a bit too late anyway. I refer to this post (in Swedish), which covers diving from last spring. My comparisons are based on perceived differences between now and then. What I will discuss is the result of 7275 minutes (121 hours) of practicing between June last years and January this year. It is now roughly one year since I started to practice diving and the practice session add up to a grand total of 13155 minutes (219 hours), not including handstand practicing.

Since I know that most readers are not interested in my analyses, I will leave them for now and present a list of sequences, firstly to enable comparisons later, but also to show new things I have learnt since last time. Unfortunately, I lack correct terminology in English, so the naming is somewhat ad hoc (Wikipedia entry on diving and nomenclature). I provide links to film sequences if available (in mp4-format, behind the camera: Niklas, thank you).

First, a brief visit to Norrköping (with a ten-metre platform, which we lack here in town) resulted in:

7,5 m, 101D, forward dive, free *
7,5 m, 103C, forward one-and-a-half somersaults, tucked *
10 m, 101D, forward dive, free *
10 m, 103C, forward one-and-a-half somersaults, tucked *

Then dives I can actually practice at home:

1 m, 100A, forwards feet first, straight
1 m, 101B, forwards dive, pike
1 m, 102B, forwards one somersault, pike
1 m, 103B, forwards one-and-a-half somersaults, pike
1 m, 103D, forwards one-and-a-half somersaults, free *
1 m, 105C, forwards two-and-a-half somersaults, tuck *
1 m, 200A, backwards feet first, straight
1 m, 201B, backwards dive, pike
1 m, 202C, backwards one somersault, tuck
1 m, 202B, backwards one somersault, pike *
1 m, 204C, backwards two somersaults, tuck *
1 m, 301C, reverse dive, tuck
1 m, 302C, reverse one somersault, tuck
1 m, 302B, reverse one somersault, pike *
1 m, 401B, inwards dive, pike
1 m, 403C, inwards one-and-a-half somersaults, tuck
1 m, 5122B, forwards one somersault with one twist *

3 m, 5132D, forwards one-and-a-half somersaults with one twist, free *
3 m, 201A, backwards fall dive, straight *
3 m,204C, backwards two somersaults, tuck *

5 m, 103B, forwards, one-and-a-half somersaults, pike *
5 m, 201A, backwards fall dive, straight *
5 m, 201C, backwards sitting dive, tuck *

And a couple of dives I need to polish a bit:

1 m, 106,5C, forwards three-and-a-quarter somersault, tuck **
3 m, 106,5C, orwards three-and-a-quarter somersault, tuck **

* New since last time
** For your pleasure, not mine, the dives are roughly identical, and if you watch them in slow motion, you will see that I hit the water face first, which hurts like hell

Reflections

The similarities compared with last time might seem more salient than the differences, but I assure you that much has happened. My dives before takeoff is not particularly good, but much better than last year. My piked positions begin to at least vaguely resemble piked positions. I have added some height to most dives, but I still fall outwards way too much and I am still have much height to gain from the springboard (I think that is pretty obvious when looking at the takeoff). Also, although not visible in this report, I have learnt to stand on my hands properly (76 seconds record).

My prime concern is my interaction with the springboard before takeoff, which is out of sync and in general not very good. I have the strength to jump a lot higher, but I will have to work on my ability to use that power. Also, I need to stop falling outwards and start diving upwards instead. Another nemesis of mine is backwards and reverse dives (complete somersaults are OK, it is just the head-first dives I cannot manage), which I have already begun to work with.

I still enjoy diving immensely and will continue to practice as much as I can. However, this term I will limit myself to three sessions a week, since I have a lot of other things I need and/or want to do and practicing more costs too much. That should, however, be sufficient to present some sort of progress in the next report. See you in June.

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I began practicing diving arduously in February this year, and since then I have wanted to have at least one item on the list that has to with this new pastime of mine. The difficulty lay in the fact that it is very hard to predict what is a reasonable goal. I had no idea I would be able to two two-and-a-half forward somersaults after only a couple of months of practicing, and who knows what I will be able to do in another couple of months? Things change rapidly for a beginner.

Therefore, I decided to add a goal that was within reach, but which would nevertheless require much practice and courage to reach. I have always thought twists look nice, but a month ago I had had no proper training whatsoever in how to perform them. In the last few weeks, I have put much emphasis on practicing this and, at last, I have now succeed. Behold:

One-and-a-half forward somersaults with one twist (3.7 MB, mp4)

Admittedly, it is not very expertly executed, but for now it is enough just to be able to perform the dive. Here are a couple of things that I need to fix: I tuck in my legs towards the end, I do not keep my feet together, I bend too much as I kick into the twist (almost a piked position, not good), I do everything too slowly. Etcetera.

Hopefully, I will be able to show better results in an upcoming article on diving this autumn (I just need to arrange the film sequences and shoot a few more of the dives I am not satisfied with). As for now, I am quite satisfied and look forward to more practicing on Wednesday!

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Diving euphoria

This morning, I and two friends (Martin and Joakim) walked through the rain to the station to catch the train to Norrköping. Martin had an errand there and we thought it would be nice to accompany him and take the opportunity to swim and dive some. Here, all indoor facilities are closed during the summer and it is annoying not being able to dive at all for two consecutive months. Once in Norrköping, three friends of Martin’s joined us.

In general, the trip was satisfactory indeed, but instead of retelling everything that happened, I will focus on the diving (video shots of diving earlier this spring). Not only was it nice to leave town for a while, but to dive again was pure pleasure. There is a ten-metre diving tower and having previously only jumped once from that height, I had to do at least something new. I began by jumping from 7.5 and 10 metres and not having any difficulties at all, I proceeded with diving from both heights. Still not experiencing any problems (it was actually more comfortable landing head first that feet first), I had to do something else.

I can easily do one-and-a-half forward somersault from 5 metres and after a slight miss the first attempt, I could do it from 7.5 metres as well. The difficult step was to perform the same maneuver from 10 metres. By that time, I had acquired a small audience cheering me on, so really, I had no choice. After doing three dives with adequate control, I finally did one-and-a-half forward somersault from 10 metres as well. According to the others, it was a fairly good dive as well. The feeling afterwards reminds me of why I like diving so much!

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Simhopp våren 2007

I det här inlägget ska jag prata om min nya fritidssysselsättning, simhopp. Det är inte helt sant att den är ny, eftersom jag hoppat sporadiskt på egen hand tidigare. Nytt för den här terminen är dels att jag börjat hoppa på riktigt med instruktör och dels att jag hoppat mycket mer (5525 minuter eller 92 timmar enligt min profil på FunBeat). För er som inte är intresserade av jämförelser och analyser av min hoppning går det förstås bra att bara kika på filmklippen (filmklipp i .mov från hösten 2006 finns här) som är i MPEG-1 formate Om de inte fungerar att titta på direkt, prova högerklicka och ladda hem (spara som) filen.

1 meter, 1,5 volt framåt, grupperad
1 meter, 2 volter framåt, grupperad (magplask*)
1 meter, 2,75 volt framåt, grupperad (maxvolt**)
1 meter, huvudhopp bakåt, pikerad
1 meter, 2 volter bakåt, grupperad (maxvolt**)
1 meter, huvudhopp tyska, pikerad
1 meter, 1,5 volt tyska, grupperad

3 meter, 1,5 volt framåt, grupperad
3 meter, 2,5 volt framåt, grupperad
3 meter, 1,5 volt tyska, grupperad

5 meter, 1,5 volt framåt, grupperad
5 meter, huvudhopp tyska, grupperad
5 meter, handstående 1 volt framåt, grupperad

* För er njutning, inte min
** Hopp med maximal rotation utan tanke på landning

Den enskilt största skillnaden på min hoppning nu och i höstas är förmodligen ansatsen. Tidigare visste jag inte hur den skulle se ut, och även om den inte är vidare bra idag, har jag i alla fall gjort ett seriöst försök att göra rätt. Jämför till exempel ansatsen i dessa två hopp:

2006-10-04: 1 meter, 1,5 volt framåt, pikerad
2007-06-09: 1 meter, 1,5 volt framåt, grupperad

Ansatsen är så avgörande för hoppningen att skillnaden i känsla förmodligen är ännu större än vad den är i utseende. Det är inte bara det att det blir högre om man gör rätt, men rytm, vinkel och annat gör att man får mycket bättre kontroll. Naturligtvis har jag mycket kvar att jobba på, framförallt är jag fortfarande alldeles för mesig (det vill säga, jag tar inte i så mycket jag kan, vilket nog syns). I sommar tänker jag försöka träna upp hopphöjden lite, men jag väntar med att skriva om det till nästa måndag då jag drar igång det träningsprogrammet.

Sammanfattningsvis har det varit väldigt kul att hoppa den här terminen. Jag har hittat en fritidssysselsättning jag trivs med och där träningsmängden begränsas av hur ofta det finns möjlighet att träna, inte av hur ofta jag har lust eller orkar. Hur länge det håller i sig är förstås omöjligt att svara på, men just nu känns det som om jag hittat rätt.

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Simhopp på riktigt

Igår var jag på min första riktiga simhoppsträning. Anledningen till att jag skriver ”riktiga” är förstås att jag hoppat väldigt mycket på egen hand under det senaste året. Jag och Daniel har kombinerat detta med studsmattan, vilket har varit mycket givande på båda fronter. Jag har hela tiden haft planer att ta kontakt med dem som har hand om simhoppningen, men eftersom de inte svarar på mail och jag dragit mig för att ringa, har det inte blivit av tidigare. Det råkade bli så att jag var där samtidigt som dem och jag passade då på att prata med instruktören. Trevlig som han är, gick det bra att jag började. Igår tränade alla grupper samtidigt på grund av krock med någon vattenpolo aktivitet, varför det lämpade sig extra bra att komma eftersom vi inte riktigt visste i vilken grupp jag hörde hemma.

Problemet är förstås att jag kan hyfsat mycket även fast jag aldrig fått några instruktioner. Samtidigt har jag ganska dålig koll på hur saker och ting egentligen ska göras, så det är mycket grundtekniker jag inte behärskar alls. Det roligaste är att det går så vansinnigt fort att bli bättre när man har någon som kan ge bra tips. Jag har en stund försökt klara tyska hoppet med en och en halv volt från ettan, men det var först efter tio minuters hjälp jag lyckades med det. Träningstillfällena är tyvärr inte många, utan enbart på lördagar med två timmar gymnastik och två timmar hoppning. Mitt mål är att klämma in två till tre pass under veckan också så att jag hinner befästa det jag lärde mig på lördagen.

Avslutningsvis måste jag säga att jag är barnsligt uppspelt över det här och jag riktigt längtar till nästa lördag då det är dags igen. Jag ska försöka hinna hoppa imorgon, men det beror lite på hur det ser ut med schema i övrigt. Det är inte meningen att jag ska hoppa över den vanliga träningen heller, utan det här ska jag försöka få in under dagtid där det finns håltimmar och dylikt. Det var nog allt för den här gången, men jag återkommer nog senare under terminen med någon lägesrapport på hur träningen fortskrider. Den som är nyfiken kan ju alltid kika på min profilFunBeat.

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