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Life is so busy!

Saturday, July 02, 2016

But I do want my Spark friends to know that I do think of you and miss you! I hope all of you are doing well with your goals.

Even though I am not as active on here the last few months, I am doing pretty well. I made a huge decision this year...I am back into skydiving. :) I spent weeks planning my trip to Skydive Chicago, and left on June 17th. I joined the Accelerated Freefall Program, which is 25 jumps in about a week, to get an A license. Years ago, I had both an A and B license (basically shows your proficiency levels). I chose to go to Skydive Chicago because there is no AFP program very close and also because my son jumps there, so planned my trip for one of the weekends he would be there!

I absolutely loved every minute of my time there. The instructors there are fabulous, and the facility is first class! I did run into some bad weather, which kept us grounded for several days, and I also injured myself on a couple landings. Turns out, I didn't know that you can lose a lot of muscle as you age. I had never had a problem flaring (braking) my parachute years ago. This time I did. Hence a couple of rough landings. :( So, I only got in 6 jumps. But, oh, they were fantastic jumps. Every single jump, I was ahead of the "schedule" in freefall. That's due to my previous experience plus some hours in the wind tunnels. Each jump was from 13,500 feet.

So, after I injured (just badly bruised) my ankle and tailbone (stupid me....didn't PLF when I realized I couldn't flare well enough), I stayed a couple more days to work on packing class and another ground class, then headed for home to save a bit of money and vacation days, because I AM going back to finish my AFP class. As soon as my injuries heel and I have strengthened my arms, I am going back! I so want to jump with my son.

I started working on my arms immediately, and have got a trainer and a specific arm strengthening routine that I do at the gym every day. I WILL succeed at this.

I lost a bit of weight at the DZ, so that also strengthened my resolve to watch my eating better again and have worked very hard to continue that since I got home. The bad thing is that I am supposed to rest my ankle, but that is hard to do when you're also trying to get in your 10,000 steps a day! UGH
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  • CAROLYN0107
    emoticon at getting back to Skydiving!
    As for me... I'm not exercising at all and need to get into it again. emoticon
    1577 days ago
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