This week’s title is a bit of a joke with myself. My mentor, Scott, has a habit of making me do insanely difficult tricks where I am convinced I can’t do them, then as soon as I finish them, he calls out “Easy, right?”. It’s the kind of tone that would make me roll my eyes at him if I wasn’t gasping for breath and upside down.

So, week five has arrived. As promised, I have brought photos but seeing how hard it is to load them here, I have started a . . . dun dun dun . . . Flickr Account! Of course, I can’t upload alllll the photos there, as it would ruin my Big Indepth Surprise (ooh capital letters… so mysterious).

Things to look forward too: since I have a bit of time in spring break, I’m planning to do a video of my whole stretching routine which is what I do every time I go to circus, and before I exercise (which I have not been documenting very well. Shame on me.).

So, circus has been picking up, seeing as I have one class left. Yikes! While I’m excited to have my Tuesday nights back, trapeze is such a fun and active sport that I’m really going to miss. Luckily, I’ll have another two full months to spend staring at photos of it and doing fancy technology things (yes, another hint at my final project).

Last week’s class was what we call an “exciting” class. I believe last week you heard me talk about the pullover, which Scott had to literally pull me through. Well this week, after I finally mastered the move, he decided to take it a step further. For this move, I did a drop down behind the bar, caught it in my hands, then on the next swing did a pullover, then landed so I was balancing myself on the bar with my hips, then let go with my hands. It’s called a hip balance sequence, and it is terrifying.

The second hard move was the Bird’s Nest in the ropes. Now, a basic bird’s nest is an easy trick that I learned last year. For in the ropes, however, you have to stand on the bar, grab the ropes tight, then just jump up and flip so that you are upside down, holding on with your hands, and you feet resting on the ropes.

When he mentioned this, my brain started chanting “oh no oh no oh no i am going to fall and crack my head open“. This was one of the last tricks of the day, so my arms were sore and shaking, my hands in pain, and I was ninety percent sure my arms would give out and I would land, head-first, on the bar. It took me two false attempts, a good five minutes of standing on the bar freaking out, and then promptly getting stuck upside down, but I finally managed. It was ungraceful, to say the least, and when Scott said “Easy, right?” I was practically going to lunge at him,  but I did the trick. I guess there’s something to say for perseverance.

Referring to De Bono’s work, Scott uses a lot of green hat, white hat, and black hat when he’s instructing me. White hat, which is straight information and facts, is how he teaches and explains moves to me. He’ll name them, how to do them, and what to remember. Green hat, the creative hat, is important in circus because it is an art that can/must be manipulated according to each person. When I ask if I can change a move because it hurts my arms, or he asks me to do moves in a certain sequence because it’s prettier, we use green hat. Scott also uses black hat, which is critical thinking and judging information. Since this hat is about safety, and trapeze requires harness and a lot of trust between the acrobat and the belayer, he is constantly watching me too see if I have the strength, understanding, and energy to do each move. He knows when to push me harder, and when to lay off a little.

Until the next death-defying experience, ciao.