Aloha from Hawai'i, where I am spending the holidays with my family. Booze and family time is plentiful and internet connection is spotty. The day after Christmas, I went with my sisters and their boyfriends for a hike in Pololu Valley. It was supposed to be a quick trip down into the valley and back up again, but it turned into the Gilligan's version of hiking (three hour tour!). Somehow we got separated from my oldest sister and her boyfriend. It was probably my fault, since I found some old hanging ropes and started showing off with my aerial tricks. Anyway, the rest of us decided to hike up the opposite side of the valley to look for them. Got to the top, they weren't there. On our way back down, we found them. They'd hiked back up to the car, looking for us, then hiked back down, across the valley, and up the other side, where we found them. Whoops. We all hiked back up to the car and went to lunch, where we ate the most delicious cinnamon rolls of my life.
Last aerial silks class of 2011. I worked on battling my official nemesis of 2011: the Crossback Straddle. Guess who won that battle? Hint: it wasn't me. I guess I'll spend 2012 just like I spent 2011 - shaking my fist at that motherloving butt-over-head move. Then I worked on knee-hook climbs, invert crochet in the air and footlocks in the air. For my grand finale, I attempted one last crossback straddle. Foiled again!! Just you wait, my pretty. In 2012, the crossback straddle will be mine!
Last session with Buffin for 2011. Lots of chest presses, barbells, shoulder presses and core. For our grand finale, I deadlifted 135 lbs, which means when the zombie apocalypse comes, there's a whole new weight class of friends I can save. For the record, the man next to me was only pressing 88 lbs. Buffin told me I am one of the only girls who can "train with any serious weight at this gym." A serious compliment from my trainer is the best Christmas present of all. I started 2011 not being able to climb silks or lift heavy things or run at all, and now I'm going into 2012 as a total powerhouse, kicking *ss, taking names, and robbing banks with my core of steel.