Some of the social dancers at the studio, that is.
Either that, or they just don’t believe me when I say I am not preparing for a competition right now.
I don’t know what it was about tonight but I got asked by three different dancers “What competition are you preparing for?” (I still hate that question, BTW)
It was actually getting a bit comical when after the third time my response of “none right now” was met with a look of sheer incredulity.
I guess it just doesn’t make a lot of sense to them for me to be working as hard as they see me working without any competition motivating it.
It’s interesting though that they just assume I have a competition coming up considering compared with the amateur couples, I have only done one competition (most of them have done 3 or 4 since last September). Perhaps it is the way I work that they just automatically equate with competing.
That said, these are people who see me at the studio 3 times a week (well 4 the last 3 due to me being away), and usually when they arrive I am either practicing on my own or doing cardio conditioning, either by myself or with Boss, both of which I can imagine look pretty intense from the outside.
It’s interesting sometimes to see your work from the perspective of others. Truth be known, I don’t really have any routines near to being competition ready, and from now until June I am in and out of town pretty consistently. Most of them will be at more lessons than I will over the next month.
This week, my focus is trying to get the pieces of the routines Boss and I have gone over into my head consistent enough to work on my own while I am away. I just pray I have time to get practice in as the schedule will be pretty hectic, both during the course I will be doing and the vacation time after.
That said, I know myself well enough that I will find time here and there to fit things in, even if not as consistently as I would like.
Almost all the routines are coming along pretty good, and we have even added to the cha cha and waltz with a likelihood of adding to the rumba or samba tomorrow.
Jive is another story, but my guess is it will be on the list to tackle when I get back. I feel back because we spent a lesson going through it, and Boss even identified a couple pieces for me to work on and when I went to work on it myself on Sunday I discovered that pretty much after the second step it was all a blank including the pieces to work on.
(although one of them was ‘kick ball changes’, something I seem to have a complete mental block on)
So am I working for a competition?
There are none on the near horizon and I have no idea if any will appear.
But, I am still working as though there is one coming up — so I can be ready, just in case.
That isn’t nuts, is it?