Sunday, May 13, 2012
I had a very stupid revelation today about my poles and as soon as I'm done here I will send this to Bruce and Kris. Back in 2008 I moved to 14' 1" (4.30m) poles. I had six of them with a 17.5 being the smallest. The conditions had to be perfect for me to roll ANY of those poles, so we cut 5" off the bottom of them so I could use the entire series. Now I can jump on a 17.5 from 6 steps. Me and Kris made the decision at the time that once I got to the top of that cut 14' 1" pole series that we would just order a full length 14' 1" and that should work. I still cut the tops off so they can't come through and hit the bar, but the functional part of the pole was a 14' 1". Here is me jumping 4m (13' 1 1/2") in Sydney, Australia on a full length 15.7 - http://www.bubbapv.com/Images/Sydney/4m.MOV, and here is me jumping 13' 1" three months later on a 15.4 - http://www.bubbapv.com/Images/Movs/13-1.MOV.
In 2009 when we got the 14' 7" poles I had the same problem so Kris and I got together and cut 5.5" (14cm) off the bottom so I could roll them. Here is me jumping 13' 6" at Reno in 2010 on a cut 14' 7" flexed to be a 14.5 on a 14' 1" span. It's a 14.5 so I SHOULD be higher - http://www.bubbapv.com/Bubba-410m.mov My biggest currently is a 14.3 but I'll be holding higher and running from further all year except for the first few months.
I don't know about you, but even though I have a lot of height at 13' 6" there wasn't much bend and it certainly wasn't as smooth as the 14' 1" pole jumps. Let's see, 14' 7" pole - 6" cut = 14' 1" pole. My best jumps are on 14' 1" poles. I think the guess work is over - I need to overlap by cut 14' 7" poles with full length 14' 1" poles and I am home free. Am I crazy or is it that simple? I think it is. Bruce and Kris? I think I need 16.0, 15.5, 15.0, 14.7, 14.4, 14.1, and maybe later a 13.8 and 13.5. Boys?
Have a great day and happy mother's day where it applies! Bubba
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