In the balance between science and acrobatics, my lack of injury tells me I’m spending too much time on the science. Time to learn something new.
First, more time in parks and cafés with Aly. She needs to put those eyelashes to use, and flirt with random people.
While we’re out, my muse calls on a secure line. The noise in the background sounds kind of like she’s rappelling down the side of a building. All on schedule then.
The rest of the day is spent in acrobat training.
The wheel is great, but unforgiving. It’s heavy and made of steel, and the floor is hard. Roll over your fingers, and they’ll all break. Kris has a lot of other advice for me, such as “protect your back at all times.”
The helmet is a good idea, as serious head injury would complicate the day.
The spine shield is non-standard; it’s actually designed for ski racing. It does a great job of preventing impact-related injuries.
(If you’ve done a somersault on a wood floor, you know it’s not comfortable. Imagine doing a fast one from a few feet up, maybe with metal rails in the way. Hooray for spine shield.)
The shield also provides some back support, but as always, the most important back protection comes from muscle control, keeping abs tight and trunk solid. No device can give you that. Having had two spinal fractures in the past, I take back safety seriously.
Kris gives me a bunch of basic exercises and gruntwork, so that I can get my butt kicked, collect some bruises, and learn how the wheel moves. I spend hours and hours on them.
By the end of the day, I’ve got a bunch of new bruises and blisters, and I’ve put “shin pads” on my shopping list. I’ll be back every day this week.
Tonight I’m meeting up with Jon and Donna for some excellent pizza at Haystack. It’s great to catch up and plan future shenanigans.
Random assertion: Being the oldest brother doesn’t always make you the teacher.
Steganographic data: 1826/2.8