This month I’ll be sharing guest posts from fellow travelers featuring their “bucket list travel” story. Today’s post comes from Staci with Foodies On The Fly. And with her trapeze story, she was quite literally a foodie on the fly! She starts off with her bucket list, or “manifesto,” that inspired her to conquer her fear of heights by taking a flying trapeze class.
Enjoy, be inspired, and have an awesome weekend!
Foodies on the Fly
2009 2010 2011 Manifesto
Spend money on experiences not possessions
Spend more time with loved ones
Conquer your fears
“Do” instead of “watch”
Try anything… twice
Each year instead of creating a mere list of resolutions, I create my very own manifesto. Since my manifesto contains aspirations for a more complete life most items remain and new ones are just added year after year.
One mainstay on the list is “Conquer your fears” and “Do” instead of “Watch”. Well, this weekend I did just that with a little help from my supportive BF. I have had a fear of heights and been challenging myself to test my boundaries and try new experiences to lessen this fear. I’ve gone skiing (the chairlift was a particular source of unease for me), flown in an open cockpit bi-plane, and taken up aerial yoga. Saturday, I did something I’ve always thought incredible, and never imagined I would ever have an opportunity (or desire!) to do: I took flying trapeze lessons.
The Flying Trapeze School in Bayfront Park, Miami offers an all abilities 2-hour class that teaches you basics: the knee hang, hanging upside down by your knees from the fly bar, back flip somersault dismount into the net, and if you are ready, an attempted catch with one of their certified instructors at the end of the class.
As excited as I was to learn to swing, I was engulfed by an ocean of fear at, of all things, climbing up the ladder to the platform. My heart racing and irrational thoughts whizzing through my mind I almost admitted defeat before I was even 10 feet off the ground. (NOTE: The FTS is very safety oriented and you are strapped into a decidedly un-chic, but necessary harness the entire time.) Glancing over at my BF who gave me an encouraging smile, my stubbornness alone got me up the ladder to the platform. On the platform I was met with another flood of menacing thoughts; What if I slip off the platform? Is it possible to bounce off the net? What happens if I immediately lose grip of the fly bar? Are those carabineers locked in tight? Does this harness make me look too “hippy”? I hope he gets a good photo.
Back to reality… Chalked hands – check. Bent knees – check. Hips forward – check. Gripped fly bar – check. Ok. Jump! Wait. Ok… Jump! – check!!!! Wow, I’m flying! Or, soaring? Or… whatever, but I’m doing it! I did not let go of the bar, and am on the trapeze just like those Cirque du Soleil performers, only with MUCH less makeup and sparkly spandex. Now what was I supposed to do again? Listen. Yes. Listen to the instructor. Ok, legs up! Now I bend my knees, lean backwards and hook my knees over the bar (theoretically). I missed it the first time. I was confused that “legs up” meant knees up and over the bar, but (spoiler alert) I got it my second try once I understood what the command meant. After your legs go over and your knees grip the fly bar (make sure it’s r-e-a-l-l-y tight!) you drop your hands, arch your back and swing backwards stretching your hands out to an imaginary partner. The next move involves a complete reverse, where you return your hands to grip the bar, unfold your legs and return to hanging position. Finally the swing is completed with a somersault. To achieve this best you kick forward-backward-forward in one position, drop the bar, grip your knees and tumble onto the mat.
After roughly 6 turns practicing these moves you graduate onto attempting a catch. How it works: The catcher grabs the flier after they grip the fly bar with their knees and swing backwards. Unfortunately for this flier, it was not meant to be. I grasped fingertips with the catcher and ended up remaining on my fly bar and somersaulting to the net. My ever-so-talented BF, looking able to run away and join the circus tomorrow, completed 2 perfect catches. I’m so proud!
Overall, it was an exciting, heart-pounding, fear-obliterating day for the both of us. (Seems BF had a secret fear of heights too!) If you are looking for an excellent way to conquer your fears, bond with a loved one, or step outside of your comfort zone and off a platform, the flying trapeze is an excellent option. We’ll be back and maybe we’ll see you there.
The Flying Trapeze School
301 North Biscayne Blvd
Miami, Florida 33132
More about Staci …
Socially hungry for food and fashion, Foodies on the Fly was created to feed our need for trendy events, fashion, and culinary finds. Through this blog our team of writers will divulge their opinions on what to eat, where to eat it, and what to wear while dining out. So, whether you’re looking for the dress of the moment, the newest restaurant, or a fabulous event, Foodies on the Fly is your one stop resource for all things culinary and couture.