When you take a break from something, you inevitably lose some of your skills and have to build up again.
When I went overseas in 2018, I was off pole for a whole month, and when I came back I was Weaky McWeak and it took a couple of weeks to build up my strength again. Most disappointingly I had lost my straddle, and it took about three weeks of working on Beginner Straddles (no legs on the pole, slide to the floor) again before I got them back.
I confess, I was worried about going back to pole, as I wondered what I might have lost, given I've been out of Inter Static since the beginning of September 2019 and had had three weeks off over Christmas due to the Pole Divas Christmas closure.
Term starts on Monday (tomorrow!) and my first class back at Divas is Inter Lyra on Wednesday, before I'm back to Intermediate Static pole and Stretch Tech (here I come, flat split!) on Saturday. I'm also going to be aiming to do practice time at least once a week, to keep my skills sharp. As for competitions, this year I am planning to audition for:
But, enough about comps; those are posts for the future as I begin working on routines.
I had a pole private with Kristy (my everything when it comes to pole!) yesterday, to see where I was at and what I needed to work on moving forward. I was expecting to have similar struggles as to when I came back from my holiday, as the time off was about the same, but I shocked myself when I discovered that I had lost very little strength, and had maintained my muscle memory and coordination.
I was even able to do new tricks that I hadn't been able to do at the of my last term of Intermediate Static in September!
Pole Divas Intermediate Static Mega Combo, Part 1. This is the first half of the mega combo: side split spin, spiral climb, remount, back straddle, back crucifix (layback), aeiral straddle, ballerina (outside leg hang), front crucifix, split hang, remount, scissor sit. Video: My own.
Before I left intermediate static I couldn't split hang from a front crucifix or lift from a back crucifix, and even attempting an aerial straddle was out of the question. As such, I was super proud of how strong I was in the mega combo, and am looking forward to perfecting it when I return to inter next week.
But I surprised myself even more by being able to master new tricks that I had never learned before, which I am so excited to now be able to perfect and (possibly) slide into a routine this year.
This year in pole, my goals are:
So here's to a pole-goal filled 2020!
If you're afraid to fall it means you're prepared to brave the heights from which you might fly.
Me With No Apologies.