I've always said that flying west is easier to adjust to than flying east, because you just sleep later and later each day. Somehow that's not working this time.
I acclimatized to the east-bound time shift surprisingly easily this time, and settled into a routine of waking up around 6am British Summer Time (BST), which is about when I'd been getting to sleep (1am EDT). Of course, this meant going to sleep around 10pm, but that suited me just fine and I got all the sleep I needed. The first night after returning home I was up fairly late, and woke up around 4am EDT. Progress!
Well, not really. Last night I was exhausted, and fell asleep around 8pm EDT. Waking up at 2am, I got up for a few minutes before going back to sleep until 4am. Giving up I started my work day. I really wanted to get to my regular ballet class tonight at 7:15, but the idea of trying to stay awake, let alone comprehend a dance combination, until 9pm seemed improbable. And the drive home afterward would be down right dangerous. Instead, I showed up for the noon class.
I've never taken this class, although it's the same level with the same instructor as my Thursday evening and Sunday afternoon classes. But the makeup of the students is a wee bit different. How different? I shared the barre with a woman who I believe is a professional dancer with a ballet company in Europe. I recognized several others as graduates of this school's pre-pro program who (I believe) are now working their way through college.
All is not doom and gloom, though. I fit comfortably near, but not at, the bottom of the skill levels. I thought I acquitted myself pretty well, having not danced in two weeks, until the last combination. And that I gave up on merely because I couldn't hold the lengthy sequence in my head, not because it was technically out of reach.
I have less than two weeks before the three-day Adult Weekend Workshop, and my schedule for this coming weekend isn't going to allow time for classes. I'm hoping the classes I can get to will knock enough rust off before then.