I woke up early, as I always did in recent weeks. I was awake at eight o’clock and ready to get out and train. It was a beauty of a day with the sun beaming down. The one o’clock meet up seemed so far away. It was nearly twelve, I was almost ready to head out, but then! It pelted it down with that heavy summer rain, which had hail and even snow in it… What the hell?! Just great, another wasted Saturday. I contemplated not going out, but I had already agreed to meet Adam now and couldn’t really back out, seeing as he was making a detour to pick me up and was already on his way over. The rain, there was so much rain. I packed a raincoat and a thick jumper for the day ahead, as it would no doubt get worse and be colder later on. On the way into town it seemed to be drying out oddly. Then it felt really humid as we made our way to Crowne Plaza, what a weather change and now I had a thick jumper and a raincoat on of all things.
On the way, Adam took a detour past the Orange Walls and Houses hotspot, while I walked past the Arkwright building and up past Rock City. It was a sort of race to see which route was the fastest to get to Plaza. I ended up arriving first, which was odd, as I expected Adam to get there long before I did as I didn’t even rush to get there to beat him. There wasn’t anyone at Plaza, no one at all which was very strange! I saw that James had text me, informing that they had already moved on to Auditorium. Bonus, as I wanted to go there anyway and not be stuck at Plaza all day. As we started to walk over there, it began to spit with rain again, ugh. I spotted Radford and others making their way to Audo as we arrived. No Phil or other regulars to be seen, they must have been at the shops. I was quite disappointed with training, as everything I looked at jump wise seemed really far and impossible. I felt like, it was going to be one of those days…
James was talking to Adam about the banter which we bounced off each other, the trolling, as well as their own personal talks they had had. Somehow I felt like it was a little pay back I mean we all have our own private jokes, not that it bothered me. More intrigued than anything, but like everything, we all speak about each other. Though, I did keep my super hearing active in case I heard my name mentioned from afar. I didn’t feel warmed up and wasn’t sure what to practise. It seemed like Adam was hating the area, not too sure why? As it is a great spot to train and has so much to do, for all levels of ability. I think Adam felt that most of the movements there were either too small or too big for him? So with that in mind, it had an inconsistency for training unlike other places. It was unusual to see Ben struggling with jumps, he was still suffering the effects of too much leg work and cycling. It was just as well he was heading off soon, to go to Scarborough for the Yorkshire cycling event the next day.
I looked again at the small upwards precision, near the steps at the side of the area. It looked once again horrible, and not possible. I really do hate that jump with a passion, it’s so inconsistent. Max did it easily and that made me sad, he said I could easily do it, so I should. On the floor I could jump from further back than the wall to a step which was a bigger jump and even upwards too. Yet, when I stood on the wall I couldn’t do that jump, why?! I couldn’t force it. Later I somehow managed to do it and then drilled it a few more times, not that I liked it any of those times. I felt more confident with the downwards, landing nearer the outer edge of the wall now. James felt similarly with the jumps and felt equally frustrated with the upwards one. Continue reading ‘Sun, Climbs & Damo.’