I’ve got the official video of my competition routine. Given that I lost all sense of space and time, I am pleased to say that I came in at 2:55. I am happy with that timing! Turns out that was my exact time from last year. How funny is that?
Please feel free to view it and offer any comments or feedback you see fit. I am very happy with my rabbit, and I definitely think there is improvement in floor bow. I have pulled up my video from last year. I made excellent use of the fact that I have two monitors in my office. I stopped each video when I got into floor bow and then compared. I swear I am kicking up higher this year than last and have more of a tear drop shape (but a long way to go!). Once I did this comparison with floor bow I, of course, had to continue on with the rest of the routine.
I concluded that rabbit looks about the same. Stretching is soooo much better this year. Look at where my elbows are in Year 2 compared to Year 1! I have no idea where that came from. It just came out of nowhere during competition. A regular day of stretching does not look like it did on stage this year. Upward stretching is beyond better this year. It was a disaster last year because I was so scared. I dropped my legs because they were shaking so much. This year I did not fall out AND I held it for nearly 10 seconds. Super proud of that. Can”t believe I was so down on myself the other day.
Of course there is continued room for improvement so be looking for future discussions about that. But for now, I am pleased with the progress I have made. I also like to remind myself that I made this progress while: (a) going through a divorce, (b) selling a house, (c) living in an extended-stay place, and (d) dealing with the building of a new home which is still being built as I write this. Additionally, I did less training from June-Novemeber of this year than I did last year due to all of these circumstances. In fact, I almost chose not to compete because I knew I would not train to the extent that I would have preferred.
But you know what? I did what I could do within the space that I had. I learned to accept limitations and work within them. I learned to be happy with giving everything I had to give even if I wanted to give more.