That is what today’s lesson was mainly about.
After the practice yesterday, I sent Boss a note with some feedback from the run-throughs of any places in each routine that were still fuzzy. Mainly it was transitions from one step to another, and it turned out the main problem was just small directional issues.
We spent the lesson today going through each of the spots I pointed out and clarifying what I needed so I can be a little more comfortable with the routines and able to work on my own in practice. This is going to be really important in standard as I really tense up with I am unsure of myself.
I did get a good amount of practice in today before my lesson which let me review some of the fuzzy spots myself. I debated staying after my lesson, but recognized I was pretty sore and tired and gave myself a break.
Mondays, for whatever reason, tend to be fuzzier days in general, although I certainly wasn’t as bad this week as last. I wasn’t ‘zoning out’ tonight and was able to keep focus through the full lesson.
Boss gave me a homework assignment though, and it was interesting of him to suggest. He told me to write out notes from tonight’s lesson as there was a lot of information, right into the email he was using to structure the lesson (my feedback from yesterday). I wasn’t too sure it was a good idea to do it tonight, and I am not one to write notes in general, especially during a lesson, beyond steps and timing, but after I got home and showered I decided to write out the points.
What was actually quite helpful was that I waited until a bit of time after my lesson to write the notes. Therefore, I had to recall the points and write them in my own words. For me, that is almost like retention gold. I see words in my head, so anything I write in my own words almost automatically gets remembered. I am curious to see how that translates into my next practice (which should be Wednesday after my lesson–unless I get a little energetic and decide to do some runthroughs on my own tomorrow night at the gym).
On a different note, tomorrow I have a phone consult with my oncologist to discuss my medication and the side effects I have been experiencing. I really hope that we can slowly ‘phase out’ the problem medication without too much difficulty. As I seem to have adjusted to the hormone therapy, the side effects I am experiencing from the medication I am taking for the side effects of HT are getting pretty extreme–especially the digestive issues.
I have my fingers crossed that the oncologist will let me at least try smaller doses and see how it goes. Taking medications for side effects of a medication I am taking for the side effects of HT just doesn’t make much sense to me–especially since I seem to having much less (almost none) side effects from the HT. One less medication in my home pharmacy would be really welcomed right about now.
With three weeks to go to the competition, I am feeling good about where things are at, even though they are still a little rough. As I said before, the goal is to get the routines on the floor for this competition, and I should definitely be able to do that.
I have lessons Wednesday and Thursday this week and they should be focused on the solo and Paso Doble.