All this playing has exposed some weaknesses in my technique, particularly soreness in my right arm during an up-bow. Dan frequently reminds me that the problem is often not where it first manifests itself in my body. So, to deal with this, he assigned some scales, but with my eyes closed. The exercise is to choose an easy scale with the beginner’s fingerings. Take long bows (1 per note) and close my eyes. Then, make a note of where any issues lie and tensions arise. Then, take shorter and shorter bows, seeing what comes up.
I’ve also begun taking a blanket with me to performances. That helps a little, since I can create a classic “Cello Chair” feel.