OMG! What a weekend! Where do I start? Maybe the beginning? LOL!
On Friday Matt and I drove up to Ottawa for the Ontario Pole Fitness Championship right after work. We arrived at our hotel before midnight and immediately went to bed. Saturday was a big day!
I started off Saturday with a big breakfast of scrambled eggs and fruit. I needed my energy. I ran into a few fellow pole friends who were also staying at the same hotel. We went to the Bronson Centre for a meeting at 4pm with all the competitors. Afterwards we were able to practice on the poles. I had to think quickly and make a couple modifications to my routine so that it went well with where the poles were placed and the platform of the XStage Light.
Then we all got ready in the change room. It was so nice just hanging out with my fellow pole pals and meeting new pole pals. You could really feel the spirit of the Ontario Pole Community. Most of us from Southern Ontario were there. I found everyone to be so supportive of each other. It was a really good energy that night.
I was so nervous and excited the entire day but the nervousness finally disappeared as it was my turn was to perform. My performance wasn’t my best. Unfortunately I had bad luck that night. As I began my routine, this wave of nausea overcame me (I had been sick for a week). The nausea so strong I was certain I was going to vomit. But I didn’t care because I was determined to perform my routine as best I could even if I puked all over the stage. HAHA! Magically I didn’t puke but if I did I remember saying to myself that I would of just continued on any ways. LOL! I had major slipping issues that night and that was the worst part. The poles felt so greasy. I watched my video my hubby took over and over and I had BAD BAD form, badly un-pointed toes, my inverts were embarrassingly week, I rushed through my moves and I failed to do a couple of my hard tricks and had to improvise a few times due to the slipping.
It was right when I hit the static pole and did a second shoulder mount was when I felt like my lips were numb and me face feeling cool like I was about to faint or puke at the same time. So I continued to smile on and push through it. SPPPPAAAARRRRTTTTAAAAA!
I did the best I could under shitty circumstances. And that’s okay. Because… all my dreams came true that night. I still got 3rd Place in the Professional Division of the Ontario Pole Fitness Championship. I always said I just wanna be good enough to compete. To be apart of that experience would be amazing. And it certainly was. Will I compete again? I’m not sure. Maybe not. I don’t think I’m made to do competitions. It’s too much stress on my body. I don’t think my heart condition can handle this. We’ll see how I feel next year.
Wow. For the first time in my pole life I never felt so comfortable in front of an audience. Normally I’d feel like I’m about to piss myself but not this time! I dragged my hubby out and made him wait a few hours before seeing me perform so I had to do my best and make it worth it for him.
It was jammed packed that night. I mean jammed packed! You could hardly get around in the entire club. But I guess that was a good thing. The turn out was amazing! My performance was not until the end so I was able to sit and watch half the show before I had to go change and warm up. Unfortunately due to the high turn out, I was unable to see much from where I was standing. It was difficult to record the dancers.
Was I nervous? Strangely the night before and the morning of I felt a bit nervous but once I was there I wasn’t any more? Weird. Hahah! I had a routine but I left some spots open and optional depending on how my grip was doing. Surprisingly my grip was AMAZING that night. I think I squeezed a half bottle of Dry Hands before I went up! LOL! How ever, I did leave out a few parts. I forgot to do my floor work in my routine. I skipped huge bunch lol! Oh well.
I am expecting some pics and a HD professionally recorded video of this soon.
Bow and Arrow Elbow Grip – I can do this with a split grip and regular grip but not with an elbow grip.
The Table Top – It just looks cool. I think it’s a Chinese Pole trick.
The Allegra Extended – I can sort of do the Allegra but this move requires a lot of leg and back flexibility so as soon as I am more flexible, I want to be able to do this on spin mode FAST!
The Russian – AKA The Down Splits – I’m almost there, just lacking flexibility.
Rainbow Marchenko – The move looks SICK!!!! I know I don’t have the flexibility for this one yet but I got a whole year to work on it.
Rubber Double Elbow – I can do this with a regular grip but I want to be able to use my elbows instead. It just looks sicker!
Front Attitude to Flying Hip Lock – SICK!
Recent practice of some new combos.
I remember ever since I was a wee little kid I had a fascination with end of the world predictions, the end days, global natural disasters, pole shifts.. lol you get the idea. If there was any end of the world scares that really got me, I would have to admit it’s the December 2012 one. Ever since I was a wee little kid, I wondered where I would be when the clock struck midnight on January 1st, 2012. I remember thinking as a kid, where would I be at the age of 28 (turning 29 this year)? Well here I am, married, in a 2nd home, 2 furbabies and I have a six pack. So if the world ends this year, I might be a little pissed off because I ‘m having a good time right now! Now that’s finally 2012, I feel differently about the end of the world. I just don’t believe in that crap any more. We should be more concerned about fluoride in our water if anything :p
So where was I when the clock struck midnight? I was in the back yard with my hubby and my furbabies were wondering the yard. We ended 2011 with a hot kiss that also welcomed 2012. We have been together for 6 years and honestly things just keep getting hotter and hotter with us.
I know I complained that 2011 sucked really bad but I have to admit that 2011 was the best year for me in pole. I made the most gains in 1 year than I have in my 3 years of poleling. I wonder what 2012 will bring? Cheers!