Thursday, July 7, 2016

Makin' Progress

At the beginning of this year, I started making it a point to post monthly parkour videos showing my progress. The videos have really helped me to see improvements from where I started over two years ago, and I have been amazed at the positive feedback I've received. Filming these videos has also helped me push myself to work on new skills.

I'm learning to trust myself to react. When I finally commit to doing something new, I'll often find that my body knows how to react and I'm able to complete the challenge. While it's still difficult to go for the skills that scare me, this realization is helping me build confidence. Oh yeah, I also competed in my first ever competition and took second. That was cool!

Parkour Progress Playlist

We have started taking swing dancing classes which was something I never pictured myself doing. So far, we have taken classes on East Coast, Charleston, and Lindy Hop. We will be starting an intermediate Lindy Hop class soon.

Swing Dancing at the Hoedown
This past spring, we took an spur of the moment trip to Winter Park to go snowboarding and see a concert by American Authors. We had a great time, and something about not planning it out in advance made it that much more memorable. 

Snowboarding at Winter Park
Front and Center at the American Authors Concert
American Authors
I completed my first Spartan Race and am signed up to do another in the fall. It was definitely harder than I expected, but I really enjoyed (most) the obstacles. Here's a summary of our race, courtesy of Tonia.
Climbing the Rope
Spartan Race - Complete!
At the start of summer, my sister, Stacie visited. We had a blast! We went hiking, completed the Tour de BCycle (40 stops in one day), listened to live music, ate a ton of good food, went shopping, visited with friends and family, and completed the Lookout Mountain Triathlon Sprint. This was our first triathlon, and it felt like an accomplishment to complete it. We also went with a big group to see Sweet and Lucky, which was a really cool interactive play. I highly recommend it. I loved having my sister visit and we had a ton of fun.
Our Lookout Mountain Triathlon T-Shirt
Animoto of Stacie's Visit

Eric and I went to Top Taco and enjoyed the unlimited tacos and margaritas. (Maybe a little too much!)
Eric and I at Top Taco
A group of coworkers and I climbed our second 14er (my fifth). It was freezing at the top and rained on us as we approached the base, but it was fun to do together.

Summit on the Summit - Quandary
This is the first summer in several years that I haven't taken a trip outside the state (or country), but it's going well so far and I'm really enjoying the down time.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, Ashley! You are crushing it! Your parkour skills were good at the beginning of the year, and seeing all your videos together really shows how much your hard work has paid off! You look so much more at ease doing even harder runs! Seriously impressive. I love the animoto you put together of our summer time together. That was sooooo fun! Love you!