I’ve been taking Einav’s aerials class on Fridays, as well as working on my own time, with help from her and/or Dan. I’m now able to get up onto the trapeze on my own! I know a few tricks. I’m working on my strength-pull ups, chest lifts, shoulder lifts-to develop my “trapeze wings.” I feel good about it so far. Every single thing you do on the trapeze hurts. A lot. Even just holding onto the bar. I’m developing calluses on the palm side of my first knuckles. Holding onto the bar stopped being so painful in my joints after the first couple of weeks, which is a huge breakthrough. I wasn’t sure I could keep doing it if it were so painful consistently. It’s causing little to no wrist pain as well, which is a huge deal considering the major issues I was having before I left the States. I’m having some difficulties with elbow pain in the medial side, but it comes and goes. I think with arnica, ice, proper warm-ups and stretching of my arms, and resting when I need to will keep it under control. Even with all the pain and difficulty, I’m loving trapeze. I never even considered it as something I would be interested in, but I’m so in love. So here are a few photos from the beginning. I’ll try to get Dan to snap some more. I’m applying for the “intensive” circus program at the New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA) in Vermont for the fall. Dan is applying there as well, but for the professional program. We have to make videos for our applications, so I’m sure I’ll have that up soon, as well as some more pictures.
We’re taking a week long vacation, starting on Sunday, where we’ll be spending a night in Elat-the southermost point in Israel-then heading over to Jordan and spending two nights in Petra. After that we’re going back to Israel and spending a few nights in Jerusalem. Expect an update about that in the next couple of weeks.