Blog 10 It’s Getting a Little Chilly

I’ve always thought it would be very cool to go to Russia and train in circus over there. Now that these autumn nights are getting colder I wonder how the heck do people in colder climates train? You would have to rug up like arctic bears just to get to training and then how the heck do you ever get warm enough before you work on your act? I’m finding it hard enough to come out of an evening in an Adelaide autumn. I am in awe of circus folk who train in colder conditions than what we have here at the moment. In awe!

I kind of see one of the girls at Circus as my partner in crime. If there’s mischief to be had I can kind of count on this girl to be a part of it.  I think this is because she has an almost permanent I’m up for just about anything going attitude I really do like it.

She landed me in it Monday night though and I told her this is going in the blog so here goes.  I had her as my partner and Alessandro wanted us to do an exercise that  I hadn’t tried before and couldn’t even imagine myself doing. My partner announced that she had an injury and couldn’t do it. Score for Trishy I thought because I need to keep her company right? I can’t just go off doing crazy exercises without my partner so I settled myself in beside her feeling like a dutiful friend and congratulating myself on an honourable escape from a tricky exercise. Alessandro rocks up, looks at me, I’m sorry my partner is injured. Oh that’s ok Trish you go on without me she says. Yep that’s what she said. She may as well have pushed me into piranha infested water, thanks Hon, I appreciated that one.

It must have been challenge night Monday night and no-one told me because our horse stance got bumped up to two minutes and now I’m doing it seven steps out, booyah! We have a saying with some of these exercises hold it until the shakes arrive. That’s not the exact expression but I’m not sure that the exact expression is politically correct so I’m going to stay with this version. I didn’t do two minutes but I wasn’t too far off of it so I can have fun working on that one.

The challenges kept coming this night. The handstand part of the night got bumped up a notch, we were leaving the wall. Long ago we used to do our handstands just in the middle of the room and have a person to spot but for a long time now we’ve been doing them against the wall. Now tonight, no prep, no announcement just get on with it, handstand middle of the floor, use your partner as a spot. Do you know I was scared stiff but I really want my handstand so I thought I’ll chance landing flat on my face for a go at this. So I did it and it was ok it felt really good actually so I’m hoping this will be a regular thing.

The acrobats were doing a very cool thing tonight. There were three of them, Alex was the base, one of them called ‘ Up’ and Laura jumped and balanced on Peter who jumped at the same time and balanced on Alex. I watched it and I was amazed.

The Crucifix move in trapeze is really turning out to be my cross to bear. I can’t even imagine myself being able to do it and my lovely trainer keeps coming back to it. I thought I had outfoxed him Monday night. I said I can’t do the Crucifix it upsets my spiritual beliefs. It doesn’t but I’m getting desperate for finding ways out of doing that thing. He barely blinked,  no probs we’ll call it the iron cross and wallah the Crucifix by another name is back on the trapeze table, oh joy.

I managed to base Nick again tonight and that was so cool, it means last week wasn’t a fluke. Now we’re talking about me basing Nick in the showcase and him doing a trick while I’m doing the basing. Goodness that would be nice.

We also started to work on a one arm hang. Now there was a time when I would have thought don’t even bother it’s not physically possible for me but I never thought I’d juggle I’m juggling. I never thought I’d be able to perform in public I’ve done that, I certainly never thought I’d be able to breathe fire and I did that too so even if the one arm hang looks impossible I don’t actually know what’s possible and what’s not anymore.

Nick has shown me this roll around trick that I have wanted to do since I saw it on you tube and Monday night he also showed me this grab the ropes, hold yourself up and pedal in the air trick and I’ve wanted to do that since I saw him do it in the last showcase. Mine isn’t very pretty yet but with a little polish it will get there. It was a great night for trapeze.

When I started running I wanted to do marathons and I never even told anyone because it seemed too far out of my reach. Now I’ve run four marathons and an ultramarathon and this makes me think there is no limit to what you can do until you actually try it and see. So Nick has this speccy trick which is like doing a marathon in running, in my eyes anyway. At the moment it seems far out of my reach but I can actually see myself doing it someday and hopefully living at the end of it. The trick is him flying off the trapeze bar and landing on his feet arms in the air to finish his act and I love that move. I love it, I want it, I covet it, if I can just side step past the Crucifix to get to it I would be very happy. So one of these days I’m going to do that move.

Now on a equally important track Amanda brought cake or baked custard to training to share with her chums and it would have put Balfour’s out of business if she sold it. Amanda has a real talent for baking and I have a real talent for eating. We were always destined to be friends.

Circus was brutal Thursday night. For some reason I got it into my head to call challenge night and Alli took me up on the challenge. This meant that any exercise you got you tried to make it harder. You could hold the position for longer or do more repetitions. So my arms pretty much stopped working by the end of the evening and I nearly had to stop the car on the way home and have a nap I was so tired. It was cool though going as hard as you can go and then just tweek it that little bit further. I’m sure my arms will stop screaming in pain any minute now I am finding typing a challenge this morning.

I discovered a lump in my arm while hanging Thursday night and freaked out until Alessandro said it was a muscle. Who knew? What important piece of information did I get out of this exchange? I’m getting muscles!!!!!! I’m a bit happy about that I’ve always been a bit of a pune.

You may find this an impossible concept to grasp but I have been known to dodge the occasional exercise. My absolute least fave is the backward roll so if tumbling gets busy and that exercise gets pushed to the side I’m certainly not complaining. Tumbling got busy and nobody did the backward roll and I thought quick quick move on to the next move but I paused and Alessandro looked up from where he was helping someone else and says have you guys done the backward roll? I tell you it was uncanny. There is no way he could have watched us and the student he had in front of him. I just don’t know how he does it. I might add we all ended up doing the backward roll.

Mel very kindly produced a picture to show Kenneth’s heel hang from last week so here it is. If I was Kenneth I’d be framing this.


I also found this speccy one of Kenneth on Iconosquare and I want to share it.


I also have a beautiful shot of Mel doing her thing.


Natalie looks like she’s flying in this shot


And then we have one from those crazy acrobats.


A little bit of lyra. Remember all this is available with Zig Zag Circus, we’re on facebook.


OK thank you for reading please come and join us if you’d like to, you’ll have a lot of fun.


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