Sunday, September 26, 2010

too old?


When I was in high school I was a cheerleader. Me and two of my sisters took a tumbling class so that we could...tumble (go figure). I have a mean roundoff (ask Travis), but I could never mentally get over my fear of doing a back-hand spring without a spotter. Both of my sisters were able to do multiple back-hand springs. I think I was always scared that my tooth pick arms would give out on me and I would land on my head. Instead of getting over my fear I just started doing roundoffs with a high rebound to make it look like I could do a back hand spring if I wanted...but last minute I decided not to (both Travis and Leah basically told me I looked like a fool when I did that, because I would do it at games and performances), I would also try doing a series of roundoffs (I am sure it looked cooler than it sounds...NOT!!!).


Fast forward a few years (more than I would like to think), and I still regret not being able to get over my fear. I brought Audrey and Phoenix to a gymnastics gym last Friday to play around and basically the whole time I was THIS close to asking one of the girl employees if I was too old to learn how to do a successful back-hand spring. But I didn't because I was too embarressed. I don't think I am too old, especially since I have slight experience. I am thinking I might have Travis spot me until I can do it on my own. If/when I can do a legit roundoff back-hand spring I will let you know.

4 comments:

Leah said...

no ur not too old!! i actually have been wondering if i was too old to be able to do a back tuck....and if i would still be able to do a back handspring! its been years!!

Sarah Newsom said...

You can do it!!

Kristen said...

I don't think you're too old, either. I was the same way, though. I could do tons of stuff, but the handspring without spotting...scary stuff. I wish I'd done it when I was younger. If I thought I was scared then, well, now I'm terrified. :)

Kristin said...

You are definitely not too old! You can do it!