Getting old sucks, but I haven't found an acceptable alternative.
I'm doing a good job of getting to 2 classes per week. I went this morning and got there in time to do some basic pre-class stretches. By mid way through barre my hip flexors were giving me trouble, feeling achy and tight. I did make it through barre, though I was kinda limping when I went to get a drink of water at the break.
One of the things I've been trying to work on is not arching backward when balancing in retiré. Doing so shifts my weight backward, which throws me off-balance. My instructor describes fixing this as merely reducing the space between your pelvis and your sternum, and not any sort of leaning forward. Fixing this changes my balance which feels unfamiliar. The results are worth it, though. I'm really liking how I'm able to stay balanced longer and longer.
I realized this morning that most of what we do in class is pretty simple in concept. Most of the issues I have are with remembering what we're doing and in the timing. And, of course, you could easily spend a lifetime perfecting your execution. Let's look at my timing, for example. I tend to want to pause at the end of a phrase even though I need to be moving into the next already. This is especially bad when a phrase doesn't end at on a musical measure boundary. Today we did a sequence which launches into an attitude turn on beat 3 of the 3/4 music. At first I wanted to wait until the beat 1 of the next measure, and of course that put me behind. On the second run-through it dawned on me why I was behind, but getting my feet to start the turn on beat 3 is a struggle. I did manage it, though somewhat gracelessly.
We are working on two new (to me) steps. One I can't remember the name of nor find described, though I've seen it in a video of the very beginning of act 1 of Giselle, right after she steps out of her house. It's basically a hopping or skipping step with a beat. It looks simple and I can do it about half the time, but if I think about doing it my feet do the wrong things. It'll come with practice. The other step is the saut de basque, which my body seems to remember doing though I don't recall learning it.