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14th November 2017

7b_wizard

# 5 ball tricks, #technique, #endupatt, #focus, #StagesOfLearning, 157 minutes

157' - 5b rev casc - 82 cl (14'), 75 cl, 105, 75, 82 cl, 83, 72 cl, 89 cl, 87, 108, 99, 79, 76 cl, \\, 79, 82, hadn't been using the full available width especially with weakhand upto here (resulting in rather narrow unstable patterns), 107, 104, 111, 77 cl throws longest runs.   #technique #endupatt #aiming #SoL - Got short phases with very relaxed low patterns, simply throwing over the pattern to the middle, or up to an outward aiming region in a slight inward angle, with some spacing to the rest of the pattern.   #focus #technique #endupatt - Then also sth queer once again: what was (often exaggerated) "wiggling" with the shoulderbelt in past practise units (to get over a bad start or bad phase), today was ( an impression of (?) .. ) actually aiming fromout the shoulder (especially for weakhand side), the shoulder helping, sort of either finetuning or else, providing for the blunt rough basic movement (to then be finetuned by forearm and wrist). But in any case, the shoulder taking part in or even actually doing the aiming (or thinking the aiming fromout the shoulder's movement, an awareness of it), if that makes sense and anyone can follow that impression (or maybe it's `mental´, however, it worked for a few runs).   Good practise, good yield, good feel .. gettin' there.

Total practice time: 157 minutes

Location: indoors low ceiling

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8th November 2017

7b_wizard

# 5 ball tricks, 3 ball tricks, #exercises, #StagesOfLearning, #structuredPractise, #otu, #list, #focus, 115 minutes

30' - 3b rev casc varied - almost more to say here, than it actually lasted in realtime:
- Having had bad starts with 5b rev a lot, I figured varying 3b rev was a good idea.
- First revealed: a strongly tensed weakhand, even some recalcitrant small muscle in that forearm, which indeed explains my bad starts with 5b rev.
- with notably bent knees, I exaggerated wiggling (shoulder belt & hips, whole body in fact) to get the pattern running well,
- every once in a while I tended to do corrections as regular cascade throws ( I don't have that with 5b .. there's just no free space inside the pattern for that then ).
- Did step back 'n forth - ok,
- turn slowly once around anti- & clockwise - soso, needed full concentration to get full turns,
- pulse high\\low - ok,
- tried to find into an easy small low pattern - ok after a while
- wide - the "tendency" to correct with normal throws was an ""urge" here, but I got it pretty wide, but not easily,
- pulse wide\\narrow,
- pulse high & narrow \\ low & wide .. then also high & wide mixed into - all hard (anything with wide is hard), but got it all mixed once,
- more small low easy, now with stepping back 'n forth and peripheral view, gazing with #focus on background wall or changing focus on and concentrating on looking at different things on the bookshelf there (almost sort of completely forgetting the juggle) - took a while to get it pretty automized and a few steps back 'n forth.

85' - 5b rev casc - 79, 72, 82, 82 cl, 103, 89, 71, 97, 105, 99, 99 throws longest runs. Also here, need to ``settle´´, once I get the `perfect´ pattern (and motion & rhythm & mindstate & ado), need to stay in that stable pattern.

Total practice time: 115 minutes

Location: indoors low ceiling

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4th November 2017

7b_wizard

# 7 balls, 9 balls flashing, #StagesOfLearning, 5 balls, 157 minutes

5b casc varied - 7 min.
9b flashing - 40 min.   Four times 8 gathers.   Once 9 c in reach (nice in line, time plenty, but for the catching).   11 throws into 6 gathers, and 11 throws into 7 gathers right after. #SoL - orienting on the first ball's flight time [as mentionned in an earlier entry] for a good timing of the rest of the launched throws (to see if I have to speed them up or else even if I can do slightly slower) is currently still crucial for getting the best launches that I am currently able to do (else, I hardly get 8 gathers).
7b casc - 110 min.   53, 67, 59 cl, 53, 63, 47, 53 cl, 57, 51 throws longest runs.   [ daily7b II: 67 ]

Total practice time: 157 minutes

Location: rivershore-meadow

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30th October 2017

7b_wizard

# 5 ball tricks, #StagesOfLearning, #endupatt, 103 minutes

103' - 5b rev casc - 82 (after 17 minutes max 40 throws'), 81, 55 cl, 55, 77, 59, 97, 68, 59, 72, 79, 83, 64, 96, 81 cl, 61, 87, throws longest runs. #SoL - Again it took a whole while to calibrate weakhand's throws. #endupatt - I think, I'm developing a view of the whole pattern, sort of then aiming into the whole thing in a bow, which works best.

Total practice time: 103 minutes

Location: indoors low ceiling

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29th October 2017

7b_wizard

# 5 ball tricks, #StagesOfLearning, #endupatt, #technique, 110 minutes

110' - 5b rev casc - 73, 55, 65, 60, 72, 55, 66, 75 cl, 59, 72, 67, 73, 79, 91, 64, 83, 77, 71, 71, 74, 67, 57, 57, 87, 97, 61, 87 cl throws longest runs.   #SoL #endupatt - Pattern, good versus bad phases, i think, stand and fall with (especially) weakhand scooping well to the outside plus throwing in the right angle. Getting this also relaxed (for like at least half a dozen of rounds) can give the very long runs. [ #technique - ] Partly, bending knees and exaggerating wiggling with hips and even the whole body will (in the beginning) help with that weakhand-throwing (until I get it softer from arms, wrists and shoulderbelt, with less wiggle).

Total practice time: 110 minutes

Location: indoors low ceiling

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6th October 2017

7b_wizard

# 7 balls, 9 balls flashing, #StagesOfLearning, #focus, 5 balls, 229 minutes

5b casc varied - 9 min.   high.   wristy.
9b flashing - 86 min.   Six or seven times 8 gathers.   Several >9 throws launches roundabout: 10, 11, 12, 12, 13 t 6 g, 13 t 6 g, 11, 14(?), 13, 12, or so.   #SoL #focus - [And here's your next ``clue´´ for nine, folks:] "All of a piece"-launches: keeping focus on the first ball thrown during the whole launch then done from peripheral view (instead focussing on the crossing point or on whatever, then only later spotting that first ball), will make the whole rest of the launch better timed after that first ball's flight-time (and goes right into rethrows, provided it's become a good pattern).
7b casc - 134 min.   47, 49 throws longest runs.   If I knew what might have been wrong, I'd have tried to fix during 2½h; but what if it's the colder weather that makes me do with colder, stiffer arms and muscles and joints(? but I'm not even needing gloves!?). But then again - I now while logging realize - I should do such a little in-between-varying-stint as I've done before (high, low, pull high down again, wide\\narrow, ..). Also, shoulders and forearms burning not at a limit, but more than usual.   [ daily7b II: 49 ]

Total practice time: 229 minutes

Location: concrete area among fields

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25th September 2017

7b_wizard

# 7 balls, #StagesOfLearning, #technique, #endupatt, #otu, 9 balls flashing, 156 minutes

(m.)
9b flashing - 30 min.   Five times 7 gathers.
7b casc - 126 min.   43 cl, 43, 51, 47, 48, 55, 45, 51, 43 throws longest runs.   [ daily7b II: 55 ]
#SoL #technique - Tried to do "Rather too far behind, then ahead!" and standing right under the pattern, also putting back the head more into the neck (looking upwards in a steeper angle), all of which made me do that tiny and constantly stepping backwards as sometimes seen in long numbers runs. But most importantly doing like that gave very easy juggling, yet no result corresponding to that felt improvement.
.. in between, tried [ #otu ] stick balancing during a minute or two. The impression of balancing my 7b patterns, when standing right under them, made me do this (stick and 7b pattern would then correspond, be parallel or so, I fancied). Tried on forehead, chin, but nose seemed best, but I didn't get it very well, so it would need an own stint.

Total practice time: 156 minutes

Location: rivershore-meadow

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20th September 2017

7b_wizard

# 7 balls, #focus, #endupatt, 9 balls flashing, #StagesOfLearning, #technique, 3 heavy balls, 5 heavy balls, 208 minutes

( after two partly chilly, down to 15°C and below, rainy days, now near perfect again and more warm & dry & sunny days ahead )
3b 200gr, freestyle, misc - 12 min.
5 heavy balls, 200 gr casc - 5 min.   Around 100 throws wristy 6-high.
9b flashing - 63 min.   One million times 7 gathers.   Two times 8 g.   11 throws into 7 gathers. 13 throws. (only rethrow attempts, i think)
  #SoL #technique - new little insight / tuning:   It struck me towards end of stint, that in the past I have been throwing the first two throws to abrupt, with abrupt movement up as if i were throwing from loose wrist, which doesn't make sense for the first ball from stronghand - a fifth ball on top of diamond gripped four others (and weakhand then following with its first launched fourth ball on the index where it would make sense to try wristy already, but so far, I let it ``follow´´). I am doing them a bit slowlier in any case, but somehow, I managed to even then do them in an abrupt way.   If I do those two throws softer and explicitly get their thrust from forearms almost only, I should get more control over my launches becoming well structured (upto now, I wasn't sure, what exactly makes me sometimes get it well, sometimes bad). Gotta try like that again and track this.
7b casc - 128 min.   44, 43 cl, 43 cl, 44, 53, 53, 45, 49 cl, 55, 66, 53 throws longest runs. Pretty great yield, but I wasn't satisfied, for example, I lost several good runs on ~35 throws' mental (or whatever physiological) barrier, and also did tensed a lot and didn't easily get or stay in snapped-in patterns; no question of ``settling´´ in good patterns, which is my next step & level. Nonetheless, happy with a good yield of course.   [ daily7b II: 66 ]
  Also here, found yet a new aspect, "issue" even: #SoL #focus #endupatt - I am often focussing on stronghands' balls up for orientation, while I should rather partage my attention equally on any / both hands' last balls up. It's surely a result of my alltime stronghand \ weakhand asymmetry that never bothered me, but the issue is one of focus mainly. [Note to self:] Also work on, work with, and track this!
5b fastest - 5 min.   (no long runs)

Total practice time: 208 minutes

Location: rivershore-meadow

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13th September 2017

7b_wizard

# 7 balls, #StagesOfLearning, #endupatt, 5 balls, 112 minutes

5b casc warmup - 5 min.   very high. low & fast. wristy 5-high.
7b casc - 107 min.   Fourtyseven Day .. got 47, 47, 43, 59, 47, 44, 59, 47, 45 throws longest runs.   A fight "tensed \\ untensed" against tensed shouldermuscles, against bad ratio, against inaccuracy, against doing too far ahead, against rowing too wide, that after a while I won by doing just a hearty bit higher (``than I thought´´; and at the same beat) right from launch, by walking back or forth at launch, by focussing on patterns' top better, trying to orient on it, by doing more speedy and by flapping wrists well (and luckily I felt ``speedy´´ too), and by can't remember.   Several runs felt smooth, comfortable and like going longer, but got slips or pattern became unstable.   One given run, I had the impression, I were controlling pattern's top from a distance, like when trying to put a fidgeting fish at the end of the fishing rod into a small bucket by the handle of the rod from that distance.   [ daily7b II: 59 ]   All I need is two consecutive long runs without the drop in between, you know.

Total practice time: 112 minutes

Location: uneven cobbles under bridge

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22nd August 2017

7b_wizard

# 4 balls, #StagesOfLearning, #mentec, #otu, #prEx, 250 minutes

4b Fountain-Day / Attacking the 4b fountain - ~250 min

Had to wait in front of the house, so took this opportunity to eradicate my fountain- stumbling block / repugnancy / aversion:

Hardly got over like 12 throws with it. I knew before, I'd dearly need most trivial exercises in order to get anywhere with this:
- started off with 1hd 2b joining in for single throws ( s'swap 4[22]4[22]..4[42]424[22]..a.s.o. ). Then in a joining-hand's 2-beat ( 4[22]4[22]..4[42]424[42]42..a.s.o. ) as long as would go, then every now and then two consecutive throws from the joining hand ( 4[22]..4[42]44424[22]..a.s.o. ). Then more throws.
Those exercises got me to about 20 throws of the regular, 'full' fountain.
- Weakhand did unwanted columns. Hands weren't `connected´.
- Figured out this: one `main´-hand shall keep on doing 1hd 2b, the other goes to collect as soon as I lose control after a few consecutive fountain throws. So there wouldn't be any drop. And changed this main-hand during the run, alternated it. This was a good exercise for both hands to re-join the other doing 1hd 2b into full fountain.   The interruptions (one hand needing to collect and re-join in) got less, and I got longer and longer and lower runs; lower also means a flatter angle to throw away from middle (like away from middle in "V" shape so to say). Worked myself up like that, and also by doing on different heights, to an about 100 throws run [ #prEx ] and longer poised snapped-in phases, yet more slaving to the pattern than really having full control (so, still not ``owned´´, but I now know what it's supposed to be and feel like - I've once and for all `seen it before´ now).

[ #SoL #mentec #exercises(?) .. ? ]

All this felt like 2½ (hoping for maybe 3) hours passed, and I couldn't believe it had been over 4h when I looked at my watch. There were a few  "Djeeses, how can such a simple pattern be so hard to get down?!"-moments, as even half-long runs upto like 30 throws still felt awkward, tensed, klutzed, very unsatisfying (whereas the exercises with early collects were very much okay). Hadn't I have had to wait for a technician, I might in between have adjourned to another day. So, yeah, unconditionally "doing until" got me through it (and made me forget how long this really took).

Total practice time: 250 minutes

Location: #outdoors

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