Sunday, September 4, 2011
Seeing the World With Eyes Wide Shut
I have been looking at some older training logs and noticed that I have jumped very well during my heavier lifting times where my weight was in the 171-173 range. I even had some good days in the 175 range. I like feeling more powerful and like I'm hitting my poles with mass. As a dieted and trained down for the big meets this year I felt increasingly faster but overall didn't have the same SLAM when I hit the pole. It's got to be a weight/momentum thing because even at the lower weight my bench press and other strength measures were at PR levels. I'm not that concerned about it but when I lift consistently I tend to be a little more hungry and tend to weigh a few pounds more. With the combination of the very scaled back lifting, and the training in the heat, I think I lost a lot of power along with my weight during the big meet season this year. Can't do that again.
Another thing about being heavier is that I can start in the lower middle of my pole series and get to the higher end by the end of a meet. When I'm too light I can barely get on my smallest meet poles. I'm glad to have the new smaller poles but the objective is to never need them in a meet.
So why all of the talk about weight and mass? I'm still shocked how much better technically I jumped on Wednesday by being 3-4 lbs. heavier. You would think the poles would throw me less but I actually felt I had more control because of the power. The final test - 171 at Reno for 13' 6" (4.10m) and 163 at Sacramento and 12' 6" (3.80m). At Reno I was fast and powerful and at Worlds I just felt fast. I'll keep an eye on it.
And now it's time for some football - retro style. Have a great weekend! Bubba