I realize some people may look at the calendar and say only a week has passed, but when I look at the calendar I think, “Holy crap, a week has passed! Why am I not doing handstands yet?” I also realize that I am impatient.
Getting into a back to wall handstand with Shauna’s help on Saturday was easy. It was a lot easier than when I tried with the help of my yoga teacher three years ago. I’ve never been able to do it on my own. I’ve often thumped the wall or fallen sideways on solo attempts. Tonight, I decided I’d try again.
I started by reading a bunch of guides on the internet and watching a few CrossFit videos my friend sent me links to. I thought about what had gone wrong in the past and what I needed to focus on. Straight arms, straight body, straight legs. Don’t think about kicking or swinging, just reach for the ceiling. I told myself it should be smooth, and from the videos I knew I didn’t need to throw myself into it.
It took a few attempts, but finally I made it. Did this a bunch more times. My success rate is 20-25% right now, but I’m confident that will increase with practice.
I’m not yet able to hold a handstand without my feet on the wall. I can tell my back is too arched, and when I try to pull my abs in I fall back down. I need to stop talking about making a video of what I’m doing and just make one so I can figure out what to change.
Pretty happy with how today went. I feel a bit better about week 1 now.