The Mind is Willing but the Knee is Weak

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Was supposed to be on a lesson with Kid T tonight but OwnerGuy calls me at work to say that she’s under the weather.  Then, he acknowledges that he has nobody else who can step in so I’m SOL for tonight.  So why not do a post??

He did try to set up another lesson during the week but there is that inner 5 year old that decides to be selfish and I just said I didn’t see that there was another good time so we’d just cancel and be done with it.  It doesn’t really matter since I’ve signed up for a boatload of lessons and I pay along the way once I hit a certain number of lessons.  But, the more lessons you take, the faster you burn through them and the sooner you sign up for more.  And we all know what that means for the Famous Franchise.


Today was my last day at work for the year and our one day cold snap broke and today was sunny so I’m in a bit of a mood.

Yesterday was another lesson at Studio B and it was a good one.  It does take me forever and a day to get comfortable with someone especially in this pro/am teacher/student thing.  Someday, I’m going to write up a list of things I wish I knew before I started dancing.  The whole complex nature of the student/teacher relationship would be #1.  Mindy does share one quality with Z and that is pretty much non stop talking.  Part of that is me because I’m just wired to listen and think so there is silence that must be filled.  I was able to interject a few things though and so I was finally able to think of some questions and also to ask for clarification in parts.  Its progress.

I’m getting a little better with the whole CBM but it is the flight thing that is now becoming the bane of my existence.  At the Famous Franchise, they touch on this without truly exploring it.  You are supposed to hold slows but it is OK to step on the one and hold the two.  Mindy wants me to land on the two which is subtle but different.  So I’m kind of hanging out there on the one moving without truly landing.  (You may land a bit but you are supposed to keep parts of your body moving all the way through the slow).

We hit a part where I’m supposed to go backwards while lowering and pushing out of my right knee.  Because of the arthritis, I have avoided a lot of that type of movement.  Having all my weight on a truly bent knee ends up putting a lot of strain on the joint and I haven’t been able to truly strengthen the muscles and other things around it so it can be a bit painful even with my newly injected joint fluid.  Its the age old thing where there are ways I can do it that will be less painful but I just don’t know exactly how to do it so I have to feel my way around and that always means I end up going too far.  That’s kind of how I have to learn.  Where’s the limit?  OK, now I need to back it down a bit.  The good news is that knee was better today so the pain I felt was short lived which hasn’t always been the case.

I did talk with a her a bit afterward about the whole arthritis thing and the types of things that cause pain.  And how I haven’t been able to do squats or other things to strengthen the legs because it puts too much pressure on the joints.  Unfortunately, this is what Fox Trot seems to require so we shall just press on and see what happens.

The good news is that she did compliment on my frame and that it tends to stay solid and up.  Considering how much time and nagging the Famous Franchise did, this is a good thing.  I think it also speaks to TrainerGuy’s efforts.  (The amount of work that is required to dance well is #2 on my list)  She did also say I was a good lead and that she’s just trying to tweak things to make me that much better.  Sometimes, it feels like more than it really is.  But it is nice to get some positive feedback.  Yeah, its that whole INFP thing where I struggle with even the most constructive of criticism and sometimes have an obsessive need for reassuring pats on the head.  But they have to be real compliments.  No, I’m not difficult at all.

Seriously, things are coming together quite nicely.  I know I would benefit from additional lessons during the week because there are things she could teach me about all the other dances.  Just hard to find the time when I’m having to take a certain number of lessons at the Famous Franchise in order to maintain membership in their special group of students.

Well, I’m done with Studio B until next year.  If Kid T is better, I’ve got lessons tomorrow and Thursday at the Famous Franchise.  Then, we go into a dance slow down where I can sort of just relax and not have to worry about getting to the studio every night.  It sounds great now but I’m sure that after a couple of days I’ll start to miss it.  After all, ballroom dance is an addiction.



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