For as bad as my last practice was with 2 jumps out of 12 being remotely good, today was a 180. I only took 7 vaults and cleared 6 bars with great control of my technique. And I completely threw out my vaulting plan for today within the first 3 minutes. Why?
To follow DJ's chart and start at an 8' bar, I need a 9'10" grip and a 33' six step start mark. I was gripping 10'6" from TWO steps or a 12' run. OK - so how was this going to be better than the last practice? Pole speed.
I have always told vaulters that with enough pole speed we can always find a consistent jump. The last practice I tried to force everything with minimal pole speed. This makes the timing to critical, especially when your legs are trash. So today I just jogged in from a stride further back and really had a great and fun day.
I ENDED on a pole that is BELOW my normal short run start pole yet still had some great jumps. Height wise I cleared 9'6", 10', 10'6" X 2 all on first jumps before having a miss. The 2nd clearance was on pole #2. I was too far out on my first at 11' and then made it twice. Perspective - 10' would have gotten me the silver medal in Brazil!! Lessons learned.
I feel like I'm in a real good place to move forward. Thanks for being here. Off to Denver for business until Wednesday. Have a great Sunday! Bubba
Going real old school with Accept playing "Balls to the Wall", Their singer gives his best Bon Scott/ACDC imitation - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_3TlrZLpQ0