Tonight at circus class I actually “got” a couple of the tricks we’ve been building up to for months. Not well and not even entirely properly but I made massive leaps forwards in comparison to my tantrum-inducing efforts in the past.

Of course, they hurt like hell in parts but as an aerialist, that’s what happens even at my basic level. One of the problems I’ve been having is that a couple of these tricks wrap around your upper arm and it feels like an intense chinese burn that we used to give our brothers and sisters as kids. It was psychologically putting me off after hurting my arms so badly four years ago. So tonight I wore a sports compression thing over my bicep and that worked wonders. It took the burn away and let me focus on the trick.

Now I need to see if I can make it consistent and pretty!