Lucky you, you get to be my study break for tonight!
Actually, compared to the weekend, today has been a bit light on studying as I am taking time to do some of the assignments and allow my brain to process the reading I have been doing.
I also had two lessons today (yay vacation!), both of which went a long way to helping me feel a little more calm about the competition this weekend. The main thing we worked on was the smooth Viennese Waltz, which is probably the weakest routine right now. We had an opportunity to work in my gym so we were able to look at the alignment of the routines and figure out where it needed to start and where to travel to.
The other aspect of the routine we were working on was making some small ‘tweaks’ to help it flow a little more smoothly. We made one major change to one of the routine in one of the long lines, but the other changes have been small. We still have a little more to work out, but we will have another lesson in the gym on Tuesday and it is wider than the studio for working out routines.
My second lesson was about solidifying the changes in VW, as well as going over some of the small issues encountered during yesterday’s practice in cha cha, samba, and paso. At the end of the lesson, Boss wanted to go through a section of the rumba for himself and to try a styling change in the sliding doors. One thing we did discover yesterday was that our rumba routine is a bit long now, which makes me sad as my favourite part is the circulating hip twists near the end–which we will likely not be able to do as comps have a habit of cutting pro/am heats short.
I am finding myself feeling a bit nervous and anxious today, but I am pretty sure it is only side effects of the injection last week. I have been having more frequent hot flashes and it would not surprise me if I had a bit of a ‘hormone surge’ over the next couple days. It already seems to be calming down though so that is positive.
I have basically ‘mapped’ out the rest of my week to organize and balance school with the competition preps and get all my readings and assignments done. I feel good about where I am and if all goes well I should be able to relax at the comp and just enjoy it without worrying about other things needing to get done.
Another thing of significance today is that it is my birthday. Another year older and another year surviving cancer!
Wish me luck in getting all my tasks done!