Good News - After doing absolutely nothing between my meet Saturday and this morning, I was surprised to see that I felt pretty good and quick. My goal was to work on some technical details where I have been lacking some mental discipline. That part went very well as I had much better feel and control.
Bad News - On my 10th vault and first take off on my 4m/14.3 from six steps I felt a little hamstring grab right as I left the ground. I wasn't straining and I had no previous hint of tightness. BTW - this is not that unusual in the first jump session after a meet so I was already being cautious. All I can think is that my body needs to get used to jumping a lot.
On a scale of 10 I call it a 3-4 so it's not a big deal. I should be able to jump again at a low level in a couple of weeks. I always give myself twice as long as I need to recover so I don;t have a relapse. That said, I'll skip the meet outside of Austin on September 25. I'm going on vacation the day after for five days anyway so I might as well get the full rest benefit.
Good News - Because I felt on the edge of plantar fascitis early on, I have not been doing the running I had hoped to do. The late, great, orthopedic surgeon, Glen Almquist used to tell me if my training is hurting me but my event is not then I need to adjust my training. If my event is hurting me I had better get back to base training. So I will. For the next five weeks I will run 10 X 100m grass strides plus 10 X 50m hill/sleds three days a week. I'm SUPER excited to get back to this. Why?
I see lots of guys jump a lot but not make significant height improvement. The reality is that at our age and level of proficiency, we can probably gain 6"+ (15 cm) improvement from better technical skills - that's it. We can gain another 6 - 12"+ from physical improvement. I need a continued concentration on both. So this little baby ding comes at a time when I was questioning myself as to when I could return to serious running. That time begins tomorrow.
Thank you for being here and have a wonderful day! Bubba