The Return of Keaton.

 

Adam – Running Precision.

 

Today, Kezza and Adam had planned to be out training, no matter what. Aidan and Mat had confirmed they were going to join them too. I didn’t think I would be out in all honesty, I said I would be out, but didn’t feel I would… I was late to bed the night before (3am) and then I was dead and didn’t wake up until gone 1pm. The exact time they were all meant to be meeting. I noticed that Adam was still online, running late as he thought that Kezza wasn’t ready and so had been waiting for him to confirm before leaving, as he didn’t want to be at the park alone. They were both going to be late now. Mat was already at the park with Aidan. I was hoping to aim to get over there for around half past two and had asked Keaton if he would join us after saying he might sometime, he said he might do, but would have to see after he had done a bike ride. There has been a lack of blogs this recent month, as I haven’t been taking that many photos to document training sessions. I have still been training though, so hopefully things will be back on track now. I got to the park to find David, Mat, Aidan, Adam and Kezza already there jumping. Quite a few were out to say originally it was only set to be Kezza and Adam training.

The park was packed with kids, not enough to stop you from training but still quite a few to make you more selective on where to train. I do hate when there are many kids around, as you always have the possibility of knocking one over, when they are not aware of their surroundings. I was unsure about my knee and ankle which both hurt as soon as I ran or vaulted. Not an injury as such, but they didn’t feel right and had been twinged on a previous training session. The the guys were timing a pop wall climb to see who got the quickest time. Kezza had the fastest time on the big wall, after multiple tries, fails and near death experiences in our haste. I nearly kong vaulted the smaller wall on my first time trail. There was only so much you could shave off your time, before they became very much the same. The air time from the first pop made you glide in the air and you had to stomp out of it to land on the wall to get a fraction of a quicker time. It was a fun time trail to do, though perhaps we should have done one as runs as well.

 

Pasted Stump.

 

We had found yet more new things to do. Just when you think everything has been done, something else crops up and keeps things feeling fresh. A diagonal kong from a green stump to a smaller blue one, was one of these. Why we had never seen or done it that way before, I have no idea but it was a great addition to drill. It was still stumping me, pardon the pun, as I practised the kong precision. I mean seriously… How did we never see this before and manage to miss such a blatant movement?! It was nice to do though, not too difficult, but you had to put a bit of effort in or you would land on the tip toes like I did on one attempt and flexed my ankle and likewise for Aiden. The main concern was the paste the stump had on it, and the possibility of hitting the pole underneath it. We then tried a catleap, straight from landing the kong precision, around the corner of the wall. It proved almost impossible due to all the angles and the force of landing. David was doing some muscle ups, he had them really nice and I tried some and also found that they felt easier again.

David was telling us about how he had (another) head injury the other week while training on his own in the week. He was attempting a kong cat from the smallest wall to the other higher wall in front, which is quite far if you have seen it in person. He was inspired after some of the Loughborough guys were doing it. A long story short, he ran to kong the first wall but had too much speed and had took off too close to the wall, flailing in the air where your upper body is leading first with legs trailing behind you with no way of getting them back to the front of you. He then went straight into the wall face first, splitting his forehead open in the process and getting a major headache. He had to go to hospital to have it glued back together and since then he is a bit wary with training now. What is it with David and splitting his head… He first cracked himself open back in 2007 [1] splitting the back of his head. He has now done the front and he has also hit his head on a few other occasions too, it’s a wonder he has a brain left!

 

Keaton – Portrait.

 

We had found a plastic Katana sword, of course that led to us playing with it. Using it, trying to be ninjas and doing vaults and break rolls with it. As well as throwing it at each other, play fighter and hitting each other with it as hard as possible. I have no idea what the random small kids thought of us, who looked at us when we did such things, never mind the parents! I had totally forgot I had asked Keaton to come out training, until I saw him ride into the park. Crazy days, I hadn’t seen him in many years, back when he was a long haired, chubby emo that didn’t really do much Parkour at all. Though I had seen him on a few occasions since then, just in passing when in town. He said he had messaged me online, but thought I may have already been training so he rode by to see. Man, it was so good to see him again, he was thinner and looked to be good shape too. He had been cycling, taking photos before meeting us. He started to train by doing the biggest downward precision, doing it easily WTF?! Then he did the small running upward precisions and general vaults.

It was very different to how his training used to be, when he would be too afraid to try anything and would instead chat and not do much training at all bar the odd vault. As if he had got so daring and  blasted stuff without much thought to them, it was very refreshing. Keat put it down to being fitter, older, going to gym a lot and all the cycling for his leg power for jumps. We trained more, doing silly movements and it seemed like training was slowing down and Kezza decided he was going to leave, as he was tired and bored?! He hadn’t even been out that long… Aidan and Mat were leaving us too. Pfft, part timers (especially Kezza) who seemed to be out less and less of late. David had to leave for work, earlier than normal and then it was just Adam, Keaton and myself left to train. We decided that we should call it a day, just as we were packing up, non other than fucking Steve turns up! Talk about leaving it until the end of the day, as always… I couldn’t call it a day now and the extra man power had refreshed us for some further training even if we were feeling tired.

 

Steve – Running Precision.

 

I think the rest, away from Parkour since injury over the months may have done Steve good as he was now blasting all the movements he was previously scared off. Perhaps he was just hungry to progress, this had not gone unnoticed by Adam who then felt he had to step up and try the same moves too. Such as the running upward precisions of the stumps which Adam hated, but he couldn’t let Steve beat him in the competition between them. Adam was close, but it spurred him on to get the movement too. It was a game of tic tac toe for them, seeing who could go that extra mile, until the other gave in and accepted defeat. Steve’s finger was still fat like a sausage and didn’t bend, due to ligament damage from months ago, but he was still able bodied apart from that. He said it should heal and connect again, but it would take a while before that happened. I had captured many photos as you can see below, mainly of Keaton, Steve and Adam. There are many, many running precisions and catleap images too. What was stranger, was seeing Steve in his vest today, usually he would be topless before he had even got out his car, though once I reminded him of this, he soon stripped off in classic Scottish style.

There was lots of banter, abuse and training. While feeling tired, Keaton and myself resorted to taking photos of Steve and Adam battling it out, as you can see in some shots. A few where I got Keaton’s camera within shot for an effect. With what Adam was wearing today, he looked like a hooded yob in some of my shots. Later on some younger kids joined us and knew Steve and also had a resistant band of their own they were using for exercise as well as trying silly things too. I was feeling drained and ready for home, I checked the time and it was later than I thought with it being half past seven! No wonder I felt so tired, I had only had some toast and protein shake before coming out, expected to be out an hour or two at most, leaving when David did. At some point in the day I had somehow twisted my knee, as I felt it when doing some 180 cats and other such twisting movement near the end. My ankle had held out after the minor tweak though I guess tomorrow will be the test of these twinges. The next day or two my knee had felt the brunt of being twisted and hurt when kneeling and being crouched.

 

Keaton – Portrait.

 

Keaton – Precision.

 

Keaton – Precision.

 

Keaton – Precision.

 

Keaton – Precision.

 

Keaton – Precision.

 

Keaton – Portrait.

 

Pasted Stump.

 

Keaton – Running Precision.

 

Steve – Running Cat.

 

Stump Marks.

 

Steve – Portrait.

 

Steve – Running Cat.

 

Adam – Portrait.

 

Adam – Running Catleap.

 

Steve – Running Precision.

 

Steve – Striding.

 

Steve – Running Precision.

 

Steve – Running Precision.

 

Stump Damage.

 

Steve – Running Precision.

 

Adam – Running Precision.

 

Adam – Striding.

 

Kezza – Portrait.

 

Shield Bug.

 

Adam – Striding.

 

Steve – Running Precision.

 

Steve – Running Precision.

 

Adam – Portrait.

 

Adam – Precision.

 

Adam – Precision.

 

Keaton – Portrait.

 

Keaton – Running Precision.

 

Keaton – Running Precision.

 

Adam – Running Catleap.

 

Adam – Running Catleap.

 

Steve – Portrait.

 

Adam – Stride.

 

Adam – Running Precision.

 

Steve – Running Precision.

 

Keaton – Running Precision.

 

Adam – Running Precision.

 

Steve – Portrait.

 

Steve – Catleap.

 

Adam – Portrait.

 

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