Saturday, August 27, 2011

August All Comers - Mixed Results

The Woodlands PV Club (USATF Club #6101) has meets throughout the year but we always have one the last Saturday of the month from August through December so we can check off season progress.  We had a decent turn out this morning at 7:30 to beat the heat.  We're expecting 106 degrees today.

I started at 12' (3.66m) and made it on my 2nd on my smallest new 14' 1" (4.30m) pole - 165/17.9.  At 12' 4" (3.76m) I blew through the next pole on my first jump and moved on to the biggest 14' 1" - 169/17.0 and made it easy on the 3rd attempt.  At 12' 8" (3.86m) I found myself on my new smallest 14' 7" (4.45m) pole - 167/16.3 (on a 4.30m scale). WOW does that pole have some pop.  Cleared 12' 8" on my 3rd and went on to 13' (3.96m) which I did not make on my next 14' 7" pole.  So 11 meet jumps on five poles. I made 12' from 8 steps and 12' 4" and 12' 8" from 10 steps or about 53'.  At 13' I moved to 12 steps or 63'.

I liked that I could use the bigger poles but I didn't like that my swing timing felt inconsistent.  I haven't figured that out yet.  When I hit it I boomed the bars and when I just missed the timing a little they were ugly jumps.  Obviously I need more practice.  BUT - 12' 8" is a season outdoor high but anything under 13' does not make me happy.  Gotta start somewhere.  Late add - when I missed jumps I blew thru the pole.

At nationals I started at 11' 6" (3.51m) from 12 steps on the pole I ended on today at 13' from 10 steps, so at least I'm starting to move bigger poles from closer.  I'm not thrilled but I am optimistic that I am on the right track.  Thanks for your support and have a great weekend!  Bubba

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