Tuesday, 30 August 2011

AASCF States 2011:

What a looooong weekend! But also totally fun :-D

I had Group Stunt (1min as many staunts as you can) first up & it was the debut of Sirens-Brisbane!! The girls looked totally hot & we had a blast! Warm up was solid, we had a few small misses but still managed to recover each stunt to push through the routine. Then at comp time we did a great try but did have to count a fall on a skill we normally hit (yes frustrating!) but didn't give up & still fought to the end. Have improved heaps since we started (at level 2) & managed to come 2nd! (out of 4). But still have lots of difficulity to add in for Finals in 2 weeks if we are gonna match or better that result. Still it was so fun to catch up with other group stunters from other clubs such as Brisbane Allstars, Mitchelton Magics, Zoo Athletics. Personally I think our bows rocked!!

Then was Pom for Mitchelton Magics Blue & White. They both did really good & had awesome facials but in such large divisions did not place top 3 (which was all that was announced).

Mitchelton Magics Blue (Lv 1) were up first for me & while they didn't have the best warm-up they went out there on the mat & did a very good job. So much tidier then warmup & solid stunts, except for the pyramid which didn't quite get up. But I was so proud!! They will have the pyramid in 2weeks for Finals :-)
Then White was up & they also did really well. Big improvement from last comp! Some of the tosses were HIGH!!! So can't wait to see the progress from them in 2 weeks either.

Then it was my turn to compete with my Splits NINJAS! (Lv 2). We didn't drop any flyers but did have a few bases get bumped & hit the ground. Our pyramid was a bit skew-if BUT my side actually got up & hit it solid which we never do so that was fantastic! Apparently the judges loved our tumblers technique... that's coz we're all ex-gymnasts! And out of 5 teams we managed 2nd!! There was only 12 in our team & the team that won had like 30 so I think we did pretty damn good! Now to try to upgrade a couple of little things in 2weeks for our last comp of the year- Finals. Now that comp I will be BUSY!!

So overall a very looong but enjoyable & pretty successful weekend. I loved catching up with all my cheer friends who I don't get to see that often. I was totally exhausted by the end of it. Being sick is not the ideal lead up at all as I was struggling by the end of my routines!! But hopefully will be a bit better before Finals.


Thursday, 25 August 2011

Not much to report...

Except that I had my blood taken for my blood tests today. I'm ok with needles but tell you what it did sting a little on the way back out. Left a nice bruise there for today at least! Unfortunatly now all I can do is wait for the results to come in. I'm still getting dizzy spells which is very frustrating coz it interferes with coaching, interferes with training.. next it will happen while I'm driving! My neck pain is back- yippee but no matter how sore it gets I am NOT taking those painkillers again!

Other then that there really isn't much to say..... I have Cheer States on the weekend. It's my 2nd last comp ever of competing in the Cheer section as I'm retiring at the end of the season so that's a bit sad. Normally I'd be bouncing off the walls ready to take down the competition, I'd be planning what tumbles I am going to do. This time I'm just wondering how I'll make it through 2mins 30 of 110% effort without throwing up or fainting at the end. At this stage I'm still going to do all my tumbles but we'll see, might have to water down the double flic to just a single......

I'll have a full report for you all next week & hopefully with photos :-)
Oh and the weirdest coincidence... when I went to get my CT neck scan the lady behind the counter was checking my details and she doubled checked my address. I said "Yes that's right". She asked me if I was sure.. I gave her a puzzled look as I'm pretty sure despite being clocked in the head/neck a lot lately I can still remember where I live!! So I replied again "Yes that's it" to which she replied- "That's where I use to live!" :-O I find that both amusing & weird! My parents bought that house a few years before I was born so I guess I've never really thought of it ever being someone else's house, it's always been MY house! So that was quite interesting. We chatted about it & the new modifications, how it fared in the floods etc. What a small world sometimes.....

Monday, 22 August 2011

Shake shake...

Shake shake shake it- but not in a good way!!

Yesterday I was so incredibly sick. I had vommitting, nasuea, fever, shallow breathing & the shakes. All because I reacted to the pain killer a doctor prescribed!!

See it all started when months ago I had a flyer fall on me in the head/neck area in a cheer stunt & my neck made a huge cracking noise. I hit the deck & got pins & needles down my arm. Only lasted about 5secs, after that shock as I was lying there I figured out I could still move so all was good. Kept training. (We're a tough bunch cheerleaders!) And it wasn't the 1st time I had hurt my neck in my cheer/gym career, I've had a few close calls as I'm sure all gymnasts/cheerleaders prob have. Anywho all was good it was sore for a few days as you'd expect but I kept working/training.

Then about a month later all in the same night a different flyer clocked her elbow into my head & I got a great lump on my forehead- quite impressive really but that didn't stop me as it didn't hurt. I didn't even know it was there till everyone kept pointing it out to me!
 A little while later that night we were working on a pyramid, a new one when the middle flyer fell & landed on yes you guessed it my head/neck area. I couldn't really protect myself this time either as I was holding my flyer up at the time so wall I could do in that split secend was tense up & wait for the impact. Now while it knocked me down for a minute or so & I'll admit this time it did hurt as I'm pretty sure it was her hipbone that cracked my neck foward I couldn't look weak for the team so up I got & kept going as all tough team leaders do. You can't show signs of weakness!

So that was about 5weeks ago now & ever since then it hasn't really been quite right. It was sore for a few days (again as you'd expect with a major hit) but it stiffened up & I lost full movement in it & have this constant dull ache there. Now another thing that may or may not be related is that I've been quite sick lately. The last 3 weeks or so. Not sick as in like yesterday sick but definatly not myself. I've been tired like ALL the time, lethargic, no energy even after I have a dose of choc! Anyone who knows me would know that I'm pretty much a hyperactive big kid! So this is very out of character for me. I just figured it was due to the fact I haven't been getting good nights sleep due to my neck & the pain associated with that but this doctor I went to had other thoughts....

Which brings me back to the pain killer. He suggested I take the prescribed medication & if I woke up feeling all fresh & more relaxed we'd know the lethargcy & no energy was indeed to do with my neck pain etc but if not well then I'm off for blood tests. So now that I've reacted to the medication and now feel WORSE plus I'm back to having the constant neck pain things are looking up! lol. So where things are at the moment is that I'm off to get my neck scanned (ultrasound) today & as i have a cheer comp (QLD States) this weekend I won't be able to see him until the following Sunday as he is only at this practise on a Sunday for bulk billing.

And to prove I do keep going even when I knocked around here's another lump I scored about 2 weeks ago from another stray elbow at cheer- also came up fast & is pretty impressive I think!
So anyways now I wait on results I guess....

Saturday, 20 August 2011

It Begins..

So it's a rainy Sunday & I didn't want to get out of bed so I needed an excuse to stay in bed.... start my blog! I'm not sure my life is exactly made for interesting reading but I know at least one person who will enjoy it ;-) (Queen Of Harpies this means YOU!)

So a bit about my life at the moment to help you understand my crazy life. I currently live with my housemates & their 'Zoo' of pets (which is heaps of fun) although I still crash at 'home' (my parents) some nights where all my 'Zoo' animals live! I also do a lot of housesitting taking care of other peoples 'Zoo' animals! So in short most weeks it feels like I live out of my car! Which I'm actually getting sick of...

My life is filled with cheer but not the kind you're prob thinking of! I coach/train in competitive cheerleading. I love it & my life does kind of revolve around it. I also coach gymnastics from Kindy kids through to competitive WAG. I currently have about 5 coaching jobs so I'm hoping to start my own cheerleading club by the end of the year so I can be my own boss & do things my way as I believe I am good at what I do & I love to see kids have fun, progress their skills/confidence & make lifelong friends through cheer just like I have done! Plus it will help to make my life a little bit less hectic when I only have say 2 places to travel for work compared to all over the shop!

So anyways that's a bit about where I'm at currently. Speaking of my life revolving around cheer... today's assignment is to cheograph a bit more of a Pom routine for my Primary School team & one of the 'Zoo' animals (a B&W foster cat) is going mental at my fingers as I type this so i think it's time to log off for today!

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