Some of you who know me may already know that this Sunday I am competing in the International Pole And Aerial Tournaments - in the category, intermediate aerial silks. (IPAAT).
You may have come across my story a few weeks ago in the Clitheroe Advertiser & The Longridge News, as it isn't just me locally that is also competing, I am sharing this great experience with My sister Ana (Intermediate Hoop), and my sister in law Hayley (advanced silks) Making us a sister Trio in the whole competition.
We have been training for the last couple of months, blood, sweat, burns and tears have gone into out aerial performances, and yes occasionally I think we are boarderline crazy, and think to ourselves "what the heck are we doing?"
When I first started aerial at The Aerial Lounge in Clitheroe a year and a half ago I could barley lift my own body weight, let alone climb the silks.
Six months passed and I doubted I would even get off the ground! Then one day I DID IT! I climbed up!
After then I got the first feeling of flying! my strength was improving and I could learn more tricks.
This was my first goal, to have my first aerial photo shoot. Although I wasn't too far from the ground a lot of training went into achieving this pose.
Soon a year had passed and I was focusing my training for my first ever routine at the annual Christmas Showcase.
Nerves nearly got the better of me, and I nearly jibbed a few times, but I did it, I got on that stage and gave it my all. I was elated and buzzing when I finished I wanted to do it all over again.
So I decided to give myself the ultimate challenge and enter the IPAAT.
I submitted my video, not even considering I would make the semi-finals, let alone the finals - BUT I did!
So wish me luck for me on Sunday the 19th June 2016.
Sarah McLean is a newborn portrait photographer providing her service to the Ribble Valley & Lancashire. She specialises in Newborns, Babies, Children, Families .