Those Friday Feels.

 

David – Kong Precision.

 

An unusual choice today for training, with it being a Friday. Though it was one of the days Adam was free and not working. Thursday was rainy and so we had the idea (last night) to train a totally new place today with Adam, just drive to a set location and then train there. The first plan we had was to do a really early session, like eight or nine in the morning. Lets just say, that didn’t happen as the forecast was rain and so I had a late night and didn’t expect it to be a nice day (again) at all. I awoke at around twelve, what made this worse was the day was bright and sunny, the total opposite of what had been forecast! Pissed was an understatement of how I was currently feeling… I asked Adam if he was still up for training but locally at the park, he agreed and then I text David to see if he was free (unlikely) and to my surprise he was free too and so I gave him the time that we were meeting up, which would be at two and then we’d take it from there and have a good session at the park in this glorious day.

I arrived at the park and waited with David for Adam to arrive. Once he got out his car he was still interested about going to a new place and stated that we should go, like right now as he was bored of the park and wanted to train some place new! I had noted a few locations we could visit before I came out on the off chance this might happen. With that we put in a postcode and made our way to an estate called Danes Close in Arnold. I hadn’t trained there since 2008 [1] perhaps once or twice at a later date, but it had been a really long time and as you can see in the link above the location is the area with all the dark black-gray walls. I must admit it felt very old school as we drove into the area, walking past the garages to the walls. Sure, it might not look like there is much at first glance, but once you get into the swing of things it’s fine. Everything felt much bigger now than it once did, my precisions had become much smaller than they once were, even the catleaps seemed bigger too. I wasn’t even sure if the 180 cat to cats were possible now for me either.

 

David – Portrait.

 

How on earth I was doing a kong to cat so long ago, I have no idea. I wasn’t getting any distance at all and just about making it over the wall. So much for that dream of doing the kong precisions one day… I wasn’t sure what to try, it all felt a bit odd to be in the area, self concious even. The few people that were around, outside in their gardens gave us funny looks as we loitered in the area, no doubt wondering what we were up too. A downward precision seemed like the first thing to practise from the highest point to more level, then the various catleaps. I spent some of the time explaining to Adam and David what used to be achieved in the area. I had totally forgot David had been out of training since 2008-2013, a long time. People in the scene are always changing over the years, you forget just how long you have been involved in jumping. Adam wanted to film today, to produce a small video from the area. There was a cat in the top of the house window, watching us like a hawk as we jumped and moved around, no doubt too wanting to be free to enjoy the sun rays. There was a little girl, peering out from one of the back garden fences, watching what we were doing too. The public were friendly enough on passing us by, asking us to be careful and how good it looks, but dangerous too.

A running pop vault from the bottom of the area was the start of Adam’s run [2] he was filming, while myself and David got some photos of cat to cats. It was funny to watch David try to 180 cat, as in the beginning he was struggling to get enough (if any) grip from his trainers to push off the wall, sliding down and flailing in the air each time he turned. The 180 cat to cats is something which I think is over looked training wise, yet is really a good workout for the hips and general hand and feet coordination. We took a walk around the corner where the houses were to another area of the past, only to find that all the walls had been demolished and were no longer there. Strange, as I could have sworn it was the right areas too, we walked around the whole area just in case I had remembered wrong and we found no other place with walls. On our way back to the main area we did some running catleaps from a curb (gap) between the right walls, seen in the image below to the the left wall. It was fun to glide through the air  and take it in turns doing the move. Time was getting on and seeing as we had plenty more places to visit, we decided to move on to another area more within Arnold.

 

Zade (Me) – Precision.

 

We drove to the inner centre of Arnold, parking in ASDA car park and then it was time to show David and Adam some of the brilliant areas I trained on past Arnold sessions [3] but this time round something was wrong… As we approached the first area near the swimming baths, it was all fenced off, the library too which was being modernised. Annoying, as nothing could be trained, but it was the first area so onwards to the next one! Cat Alley, an area which is great for cats, 180 cats and precision jumps. As we entered the area this too was now fenced off, not just temporarily, but permanently as the metal fences were on the walls themselves making them unable to be used and further up the other walls had been totally demolished! What the hell was going on in Arnold? As if most of the training spots were now inaccessible, untrainable! Argh, it felt like it had been a wasted journey. Costa Coffee had replaced another small area we used to train, and some other places in between were now too overgrown to even be used either and so we were spending most our time walking than actually training.

Our time was limited, as soon David would have to be back locally so he could get ready for work. Some areas like Woodthorpe Park and other places nearby were too far to scout now and so there were only a few other side streets which had training spots. I only hope they are still there, with not much hope I took the guys to them, thankfully one of those spots was just as it was all those years ago. It wasn’t much as it was a walk through with a rail between two walls of different heights. It had a precisions running and standing and standing kong precision, which was quite scary as you had to dive before grabbing the railing. I was scared of this movement, landing short and slightly twinging my ankle when I did commit to it. With more time it got easier, as you had to have faith and just power through doing it as Adam and David found too the more the practised it. General vaulting was something else to practise, but bar for that creativity was at a low in this spot, but it looked nice for photos.

 

David – Running Precision.

 

There wasn’t much else to do here bar the rail precisions up and across, and at the bottom of the area was a standing precision or a running precision (shown above) if you dared. With David being more into running ones, he opted for that landing it nicely. I couldn’t go for it running, it felt too horrible, like I couldn’t get enough power from the run, and the soil was all uneven and the wall to thin to sprint across. It felt nicer and easier (for me) to do it as running box jump it, to which I craned it first, and then bounced it on landing double footed. I wanted to land it properly though, but in the end I couldn’t force it, always bouncing or backing out and craning it. I hated leaving it on a fail, as it was so there, but I didn’t want to keep pushing as I could feel my lower back pulling. I quickly showed the guys another area up the road with various precisions jumps on the way and in the last area a small place with a bench and a possible kong precision.

This one was one which you couldn’t see but had to just go for, you were blind but it was close enough to land if you put full effort into it. I was tired by now and couldn’t even do the kong over the wall, for fear of clipping the bench. Adam didn’t like it either and instead we looked at a standing upward precision, landing on a wall under a tree, it felt horrible but once you jumped it was fine. It was funny to see people in their cars in the traffic, watching us jump around and trying to put us off by honking their horns as we jumped. On returning to the Parkour park, we stayed for a bit training and were later joined by one of the local kids Max, who has got really good since the last I had seen him. You can tell he has been training lots as and when he can and he is always willing to try the things we practise even if they are out of his reach. A good day’s adventure and more will have to be had come summer.

 

David – 180 Cat.

 

David – Kong Precision.

 

Zade (Me) – Kong Precision.

 

David – Kong Precision.

 

David – Kong Precision.

 

Zade (Me) – Kong Precision.

 

David – Running Precision.

 

Zade (Me) – Running Box Jump.

 

David – Running Precision.

 

David – Kong Precision.

 

David – Precision.

 

David – Precision.

 

David – Precision.

 

Adam – Running.

 

David – Pop Wall Climb.

 

David – Pop Wall Climb.

 

David – Catleap.

 

Zade (Me) – 180 Cat.

 

David – 180 Cat.

 

David – 180 Cat.

 

David – Precision.

 

David – Kong Precision.

 

David – Kong Precision.

 

Zade (Me) – Kong Precision.

 

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