Well at least written out with timing.
The latin routines are going well and getting into my brain. I was able to review them some on the weekend and was glad to see things had fit.
We went through the paso routine today, which was the one missing routine, after reviewing the timing in the standard routines and a couple steps which I couldn’t figure out on my own.
I spent my practice working through the standard routines on my own, and got through the waltz, tango and most of the Quickstep. Foxtrot will be for Wednesday, as it’s a supervised practice, and there are a couple steps I am not sure about and need to take the opportunity to go through them.
I feel good about where the routines are, considering the time left until the test. It’s actually been pretty interesting for me to go through all the steps on my own because some of the steps, while I have done them and followed them, I have either not really known their names or they are new to me. It’s been a new area to explore.
It’s actually been quite a while since I have worked through memorizing and putting under my feet a sequence of routines. Especially in standard, going through the timing has been a good exercise for me as I haven’t work through standard routines with timing since before or shortly after I got sick.
I haven’t put them together with the music yet on my own, but that will be some of the goals for the end of this week and early next week, although I am not quite sure how it will go. I think rumba, samba, paso and jive will be ok. Cha cha could be iffy. Waltz and Tango should be ok in standard, Quickstep questionable and foxtrot will be interesting in general.
There may not be enough time to get the routines down on my own as much as I would like to, but the foundation will be there for my test and that is the main thing. There are some technique things I wish were coming a little stronger (as I previously mentioned about cha cha in particular) and there have been some pleasant surprises.
The way I have been able to focus in and memorize the sequences of the silver routines gives me some good optimism for learning the gold routines. I am hopeful that once the test is done, we can focus in on finishing the rest of the sequences (currently I have Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Rumba, Samba), and be able to go through them on my own (so far only the rumba is in my feet). I hope to have all 9 gold sequences before my surgery, and with some luck to have them videotaped as well so I can refer to them as I am recovering. Haven’t had a chance to discuss that with Boss yet, but I hope he will be on board. It’s a conversation for after the test.
Health-wise, I have had a bit of a turn around in the past week. My energy levels are truly up, and while I have fuzzy-headed moments, they seem less frequent. The full body aches have dissipated, although I seem to keep ‘tweaking’ my neck. Still not sure why. I hope this will be the status quo until my surgery, but we will see how it goes. I am still working some part days during the week, and today was the first time I was able to return to strength training in more than 3 weeks. As I rebuild my stamina and add more of my usual activities back in, I hope things get better and not worse.
But for now, I have 9 routines to focus on for the next two weeks.