Following a request, I’ll give a bit of an update since last… November when she passed her hop test.
It’s been ups and downs.
Getting back to training was very very difficult. We’re dealing with a kid who is at the limit for gymnastics, on a strength to weight ratio measure, and one who is VERY lazy. And one who had a partner in crime, a very lazy teammate who wanted to goof off during workouts. Add in one very very important fact: nobody seems to have a good protocol on how to rehab a gymnast from hop test to competitive shape. There was plenty of information for soccer players, and volleyball players, and football players. Not so much gymnasts. So we floundered, and we didn’t know how badly until…
One afternoon I got an email from the coach saying AC was goofing off and what did she want out of this and they were sick of it, etc. This was about an hour before workout. I called dh and we decided we’d meet with the coaches after workout that evening.
AC went to gym, and without waiting to hear from us, the coach started chewing her out. And she got angry, and they had a big blow up fight, he kicked her off the team, she said he couldn’t kick her off, because she was quitting.
Yeah, no. We weren’t about to let that stand, because it was a lot of words in anger. So we talked a bit with that coach, but more with the other coach, C.
And we all finally realised that we were all floundering, and why.
While the other coach went to Hawaii for a week (thank the gods…), C came up with a training plan for AC, with milestones she needed to meet before she could compete. Concrete steps she could take. She handed that piece of paper to AC, and AC clutched and did not let go until she had every single step mastered.
The other girl, who was goofing off? Quit.
The competition season is very short this very, and it was very front loaded. Because of a fuck up on the booster club part, AC wasn’t signed up for any of the initial meets anyhow, and she and her coaches decided she’d skip her first scheduled one.
Then… catastrophe. She slipped on ice at school and her knee started to hurt.
We let it go for a few days, then called Children’s for an appointment.
The relief when they said it was an irritated tubercule was immense. (Really: inflamed adductor tubercule).
She competed last Sunday. It went… well, hard to say. Last time she’d competed, she placed, she was on track to place at State etc.
This time? Her scores were low, she didn’t do well.
She was there. She competed. She managed to get herself from a sobbing mass on the couch, post-surgery, back to being able to compete. We are so so proud of her.
She can do better, and hopefully will. As I said above, she’s a very big kid, and her gymnastics is based on power and grace. Her problem right now is she is still afraid to put all that power into her moves, so she is holding back. We’re all hoping that now that she knows she can, she can!
We don’t even know if she’ll manage to get to State this year. She needs 2 32 all arounds. She got those on meets 1 and 2 last year. I don’t know if she can do it this year, to be honest. (I think she can, but it might be mama-pride talking) Which will mean another year at this level, when all her teammates will probably move up. But she got back. This, I think, will be important for the rest of her life, no matter how she does this season and any hypothetical future ones.
I cannot say how freaking proud I am of that child. She has a force of will that amazes me.