I believe the song goes…”Flying through the air with the greatest of ease that daring young man on the flying trapeze.” Well that was me last week minus the greatest of ease bit. My dearest friend Vicky decided she would get me a trapeze lesson for my birthday in Regents Park at the very cool Gorilla Circus. The last time I was given a present like that I believe I was thrown out of a plane at 13,000 feet with some strange guy strapped to my back. Who really needs friends like this anyway…right?!
Never the less it was a stunning summers day so sadly I couldn’t blame the weather for me being somewhat petrified. Although never being scared of heights or throwing myself around, the mixture of the two seemed to be slightly daunting, so I made sure my harness was as tight as I could get it without loosing the ability to breathe. Both Vic and I unanimously felt John should go first and we both didn't care what he thought...power in numbers!
John seemed much more composed then Vicky and I, which I couldn’t quite understand as he was the one with height issues. But up he went just like a rat in a drain pipe….whoosh! He got to the little ledge with one of the helpers making sure he was clipped in, the bar was then brought to him, which I may add is really heavy!! It doesn’t look it but the thing weighs a ton! The first swing was about getting our legs over the bar so we could drop back, hands off.... GULP!! Of course he did it with absolutely no problem, typical, then it was my turn.
I like to think I was as cool and collect as he was but I wasn’t. The first swing was like being on a rollercoaster when your stomach bottoms out and you just want to get off. I was nursing a bit of a hamstring strain, and no it wasn't an excuse cause I was bricking it, consequently it took me a few swings to finally get my legs over the bar. Once you get momentum though you can do anything up there it really has nothing to do with strength!
We all had good swings and some not so good swings but in the end we all made our catch! The catch is a trapeze move where you swing then hook your legs over, drop back and catch another person by the hands who is swinging to you. You see it all the times at the circus and they make it look so effortless, which I can vouch for its not!!
After 2 hours of intense one to one attention from all the guys and girls at Gorilla Circus sadly our lesson was over. Do I recommend this type of present, most definitely! Do I think it was a scary challenge absoutley! Would I do it again, probably not. A very cool present and a very cool experience but I think I like my flips more on the ground then up in the air!