I had an interesting day today.
I woke up and I found myself just wanting to do some work on my routines. I had specific things I wanted to work out, like keeping my knees bent, and doing them with the music.
So I went off to the gym and was lucky to have the entire upper gym to myself. I just turned on some music on my ipod and got down to work. I worked my way through QS, Waltz, Tango and Foxtrot.
It has been a long time since I have gone to just practice on my own and do what I really wanted. I could tell all last week that the time was coming though. It’s hard to explain.
I was finding that my other practice times at the studio seemed a little chaotic. The studio was busy this week and while that doesn’t usually bother me, this week I was distracted by it. I just felt unfocused and out of sorts.
Today was completely different. I was in my ‘zone’. I knew what I wanted to do and I got it done. By the end of the practice, I had been able to run through all 4 routines with the music, with some shaping and keeping my knees bent–especially in quickstep. The timing in quickstep and tango was a little off, but I couldn’t tell if I was rushing the ‘quicks’, or generally behind.
What made today so interesting is after I realized it was something I used to do, but hadn’t in quite a long time. I just get in these moods sometimes where I just decide and determine to do something specific with all routines. It doesn’t have to take long (today was about 40 mins), but sometimes I can get into that zone for more than an hour. There is just something about working with no one around, no cell phone keeping track of time, no time limitations. Just me, my ipod and what I want to work on.
I can see myself returning to doing this a little more in the future. It was just a little piece of something I used to do that I had forgotten how to do. Getting through my routines with the timing helped my confidence.
It was healing after a hectic week.