Hello and welcome to my new blog. It all feels very weird because of the terrible coronavirus. Here’s what I’ve been doing since my last competition, Miss Quatro, four weeks ago. I had one week back in the gym and now I’ve had three weeks at home in lockdown.
Monday 16th March 2020, 4.30-8.30pm It was normal training in the gym but we had to do hand washing! We heard tonight that all the gymnastics competitions have been cancelled because of coronavirus. 😔 The British Championships was going to be in Liverpool 16-19 April and I was going to be competing, but it has been cancelled this year. It’s really sad as I was ready with my skills and routines (I’ve been working hard all year towards this big comp) and I have a new leotard that I’ve designed to wear!
Now that the English and British Championships are cancelled it also means that we can’t try to get in the England and Great Britain squads. Last year I was selected for the GB Performance Pathway Squad and England Squad.
Guess what I did in the gym tonight! My first Jaeger on my own! Yay!
Tuesday 4 – 8.30pm We had to be dropped off at the back door to the gym, and no adults were allowed into the building. We all had to wash our hands before doing gym and after. It felt so strange with no one watching us in the gym. There was no atmosphere and I didn’t like it very much. I felt a bit insecure but guess what I did today! My shoot on bars into stalder.
Fri 10am – 5pm. There was a strange feeling in the gym today. Falcons set up a fundraising page to help save our gym. If it has to close because of COVID-19 then it might not be able to survive. The gym means everything to me.
This is the link
The government made an announcement tonight. All gyms have to close because of coronavirus and social distancing. Our Falcons GYM CLOSED at 8.30pm tonight.
The First Week of Isolation
We now have to social distance due to the coronavirus. The Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke to our country on Monday 23 March to say that we must all be in lockdown and that we must stay at home and only go out to exercise once a day. It’s going to be so strange to not be able to go to gym and see my friends. I am normally at Falcons gym 25 hours every week training, and now I have zero hours at the gym, which is very sad and frustrating. I will just have to try to keep very fit and strong and do lots of fitness and conditioning. I am going to go running, cycling, make up dances, keep as busy as I can with other things too like all my online school work and cooking and art. We are also building a garage so I will be working my muscles lifting large bricks!
The weather is lovely and sunny which is really nice.
Most days in the morning I wake up and I am ready for a run at 8:30. I go on the run with my mum and my sister. If we don’t go for a run in the morning at the end of the afternoon the whole family goes out on a cycle ride. (They are fun!)
I have been doing conditioning challenges, some are funny.
I have been building with Dad but also doing gymnastics! 😂 Here’s a video of my straddle lever to handstand. This is quite a cool video! 😎 I was quite scared!
During this week I have felt different. One because I can’t do any gymnastics so all I have been doing is school work and conditioning. Two because I have felt that my day goes on for hours and hours, it is like the day never ends. My days are usually so busy with school and gym and I know where I have to go and be every minute of the day from 8am until 9pm. I kind of like having some time off because normally I NEVER have any time because I am always doing gym but I have started to get a bit bored. I will just have to keep myself as busy as I can.
I am really surprised at how much time I have every day and as well I never know what day it is. It is really weird.
My elderly grandparents seem to be coping just fine, we have been video calling each other and been on the phone to each other. I wish I could see them but it is just nice to know that all of the elderly people in my family are coping just fine.
It has been annoying that I can’t do my proper gym but I do have a trampoline and an air track where I can do some cool tricks and have lots of fun.
I have lots and lots of conditioning for me to do every day except Sunday, and I do it with my squad friends. We video call each other and do our conditioning together because it is boring doing it on your own. (We talk a lot whilst we do it). The conditioning takes hours to do and is hard work.
Here’s a video of me doing ten straddle lever to handstands without coming down, with Dad and batman slippers. Haha.
I have been dancing with my sister.
If we have three months out of gym I think it might take us nearly a year to properly get back our skills, maybe it will be less time but it will take some time. When I had my accident and my head injury I was in recovery for three months but I couldn’t go upside down or do any gym in that time, only a little bit of conditioning. I thought it would be a year before I could do my skills well again, but I did actually compete at the next higher level a year later, which was not expected, so I did really well – I also got good marks. So maybe it will be easier this time? I don’t know. At least I can do lots and lots of fitness and conditioning skills, and use my trampoline in the garden, my Airtrack, weights, and floor beam to keep up my strength, stamina, flexibility and a few skills. I feel lucky to have a large garden and a space in the house to be able to do workouts. Dad’s also going to build me a chin up bar in the garden!
Week 2 in isolation at home
It just feels so weird. I wish I could do proper gym. I think I could do this for three weeks but I want to go back then. I miss seeing everyone and I miss going places.
For a few days it was nice, but I want to do things again. I was ready for the English Championships and the British Championships with all my skills and routines and now they are cancelled this year.
I am still going to go running and cycling to get out of the house for my exercise.
Every day I’ll do my conditioning and challenges.
Tuesday – we built a chin up, leg lift bar and lower bar in our garden today!
Another crazy challenge, how many leotards I can put on in 60s.
Friday 3 April – it is my Mum’s birthday today. We were going to be in London so I could compete as a second year Espoir at the English Championships. It is such a shame.
Last year I did really well and came 6th AA and won a BRONZE medal on bars. Here is my bars from last year.
I am going to keep eating really healthily. We had a veg box and fruit box delivered to our home. It looks amazing.
I learnt 30 seconds of the dance from GB Senior, Ellie Downie’s floor routine as a challenge today. I really love the music and her floor.
Week 3 in isolation at home
I am really really missing doing gymnastics skills now, especially my jaeger. I want to be a real gymnast again.
Oh well, I just have to keep positive and keep my body working! We will all get through this. It is so very sad about all the deaths around the world from coronavirus. I hope the numbers get lower and lower.
This week I have been doing many hours every day of conditioning, playing cricket and badminton in the garden, cycling, running, dancing, trampolining and completing challenges. Sometimes I feel tired, but I try to make myself do things even if I don’t feel like it. I know that I need to.
Here’s my handstand shoulder taps in 30s!
It’s so nice to see my gym friends on video calling everyday. We are helping each other and working through our conditioning together.
I spelt my name, FELICITY, using my body and my family’s bodies too! I think it was quite good.
Here are some of my flexibility poses this week. I wanted to go travelling by getting in a suitcase!
I have a new core routine to do. It is so hard. Fitness with Fizz! 😂
Sunday 12 April – It’s Easter! Happy Easter everybody. I am going to eat some chocolate today! Yay! 😋
We went on a very hilly bike ride today.
Thank you for reading my blog. Stay safe and well, happy and positive. ☺