Okay, so it’s really about time that I posted again, and with my AP world exam tomorrow I really don’t feel like there’s anything else I can do but pray. So I’m going to take the time I’m not spending studying to write this blog about (drumroll please) flying.
Yes, number four on the list of top ten things that I love about gymnastics is flying-seriously, it’s all I do. In my book, flying can mean anything from twisting mid air as I pop off the vault to letting go of the bar and doing a flyaway. Any skill that requires me to be airborne is flying, really. And it’s really scary and really hard to do but at the same time it’s incredibly fun. Take flyaways, for instance. Flyaways are the basic dismount from the bar set; what happens is, the gymnast pushes away from the bar and swings out until her body is parallel to the ground, and then lets go. Her body then basically takes it from there-she’ll tuck (or layout, if she’s squeezing tight enough to stay straight) and flip over backwards, landing on her feet. If it’s a good day, and the gymnast has a lot of momentum, maybe she’ll even fly up-this is necessary if more than one rotation is the desired effect.
Okay, that was really fun to explain! But back to what I was saying-doing a flyaway is fun. It really is. And this is coming from me, I was scared to death of flyaways for the longest time. I refused to let go because I feared crashing into the bar or landing on my back/neck/head. But once I got the skill, and started sticking it, I realized that it was really cool. That’s the only way to describe it. It’s actually the only skill that pretty much requires no strain (at least if one is doing a simple, single rotation flyaway.) And once you’re in the air, well, it’s like your mind leaves your body and all you can feel is yourself floating. It’s a split second feeling, but it’s a bit of a rush. I always get tingly after sticking an aerial tumbling pass or a salto dismount, and I can’t explain why that happens, but it always feels good.