Amazing what can be achieved of 3 hours sleep. Turns out Clapham Common is quite the war zone at 2.30 in the morning. With 4 police cars, 6 coppers and some lacerated, drunk sapiens using my van as a landmark, it was far from the ideal resting conditions I had hoped for my night before SlackLondon 2014.
Turning another year older this week leads me further towards my Socratean conclusion that I know nothing. Nothing, and that being humiliated in public is a stinging, humbling experience.
Last weekend I had the opportunity to put on some slackline demos for a crowd of punters at Somersault Festival in Devonshire, UK. A fortuitous turn of events meant I could rig a waterline right in one of the busiest parts of the festival. At a price.
For those of you in London this August looking to get some slackline action under your belt, look no further than SlackLondon – a free family festival of balance for all interests and abilities.
“The UK’s largest slackline festival returns for its fourth year. On the 16th of August from noon to eight the now iconic Clapham Common rigging spot will once again be hosting this truly unique gathering.”
Returning from this weekend’s Glastonbury Festival has led to a couple of eye opening thoughts that I’d like to share, as well as a delicate few days of forced recovery and rest from training…
Over the past few weeks, chatting to the various strength and conditioning heads walking through the doors at Locker 27, the topic of injury inevitably rears its ugly head.
What to do with one, how to avoid getting one, specific ideas for repairing one etc have all been whirling through my head.
Through my own experience, I would like to share one strategy I have found to work extremely well when it comes to repairing injuries… muscle control, a.k.a. the FLEX.
Today, for the first time in ages, I had time to go and rig a slackline solo. It’s been months since the opportunity has arisen, and today I had one thing in mind; surf walking.
Today’s diary entry was inspired by a title of a video (posted below) called ‘Train Like a Linebacker, Eat like a Bodybuilder’. Except here in the UK, we don’t really have American Football culture, or give a shit about it.
The term Linebacker, however, refers to a position on the football field which requires speed, endurance, strength, agility, power, mobility and hostility. All attributes of the aspiring ninja, and factors that should be present in your own training programme if you want to get the most out of your body and mind.
Take a tour with crazy free solo climber Alex Honnold, as he shows us his pimped out tranny van that he lives in when he’s on the road climbing super high shit.
I think it’s time I gave my van a bit of a makeover myself…
The video was made by GoalZero – a company specialising in portable power units in the form of batteries and solar panels. I was given a small GZ solar panel last year, but to be honest, using it in both European sunshine (high grade) and UK rays (low grade) was an absolute waste of time! Looks like they might have stepped up their game if they’ve got Honnold on board.
With a healing, yet still rather obese finger, one must get creative within the realms of hand balancing. I still can’t quite flatten my hand to perform handstands on the floor. Instead, the method of using a handle like the parallette is far kinder towards my alignment.
Today, inspired by attempt videos from Miss MindMuscleYoga herself, I thought I’d play around and explore the movements that take place when transitioning from headstand to handstand, and how much the legs are involved. Try it, it’s great fun when you stick it!