Friday, January 21, 2011
It's cold out there, but it's warm once you start...skipping!
Like the rest of the US, Boston saw more snow this week. Lots of people working from home, but I went in to the office, as this is the sight that greets me on leaving! But a brief overview of the other activities: I have been running a bit as my training programme for the Two Oceans half marathon starts on 1 February (the day of my stairclimb). I only managed 3 stair climbs this week, but will fit 2 in over the weekend. Yep, next week is the last week before the ESB...yikes!
Since this is Friday, today was a skipping day. And what a blast! Our teacher, Fen, is terrific. She is really good at transmitting information - it is not just the clarity, but the message arrives straight to your core. I practised a bit during the week, but not much, yet it is quite amazing how much we get done in half an hour.
Today we learned how to skip doing 'basic' and then doing a crossover. Believe it or not, after a few tries, I got it right, and boy does it look good! It is rare that anything physical 'clicks' immediately with me, but if this course had an 'exam', I would get a first class pass. Mind you, I would have to practise a bit first.
The bit I am struggling with is running whilst skipping. Naturally doing a double hop on each leg is also another move I am not quite getting yet. I need to practise this week, as next Friday is our last lesson. That is such a pity, as this course is phenomenal! Maybe Fen can organize some informal lessons, as it is just a fun thing to skip together with other people.
I had a stroke of luck this evening, as I ran into Jane, a woman who held a beginner triathlon course 2 years ago which I also took at MIT. You may remember that I could not swim in the 'big' pool which has the shallow end starting at 7 feet. I will probably start some lessons with Jane, as I am determined to overhaul that entire area.
Ok, there are still a few people who need to email me their addresses and height, so that I can get their jump ropes out to them. Fen will give me her expert opinion on the correct length for you. So please get them to me asap as Friday is the last class.