I went out to jump this morning, a day early because I'm leaving town on business tomorrow. As is common lately, there was a GIANT headwind so I decided to go home and try later. I figured that after lunch I might be a few pounds heavier, and the afternoon tailwind might allow me to finally relax on the runway and maybe I would get some quality jumps in.
When I get a tailwind in practice I'm always very careful not to use it. In other words I do just the opposite of what you might expect. Rather than using it to run faster, I actually relax and maybe even run slower. I do this because I need to know I can duplicate that run in average conditions. The difference is that I'm not fighting the wind AND training fatigue.
A couple of years ago I was kind of where I am now in that I was using smaller poles and a lot of pole speed. The problem was that I lost the ability to hit big poles. Somehow in warm-ups at Reno that year, it clicked back and I suddenly had that big hand pressure feeling again. Three weeks later I jumped 13'1"/3.99m as a 59 year old.
Today I decided that I was going to force myself to find pressure. The method would be that I would jump from 2 lefts/4 steps/23' even if I had to wear spikes. I had my first take off with no bar from that run and I knew I could get it back. I made 9'6" on my second attempt and 10' on my first.
I knew the pole was too small for 10'6" so I moved back a stride to 3/6/33', and up a pole. Though the pole was too small I made 10'6", next pole 11' on first jumps. I stayed at that run and went to a bigger pole and made 11' again. Moved back to 4/8/43" and boomed 11'6". I then moved up another pole and blew through badly at 12' and stopped.
Huge breakthrough day with control on every jump. I over-hit the bottom and committed to my swing every jump and that's what got me in. I'm back.
Now this is a phase break as I will do nothing for a week as my body prepares for me next level. When I return I will go back to lifting legs on both jumps days instead of one, and will run 10X sleds three days a week. It may take me a while to regain the conditioning to move back to these poles, but when I do I should be at the next level.
Today I used six poles from three runs. I have three poles left which means I could easily jump 12'6" on these poles. Suddenly very optimistic. I knew that today was the day I had to quit forcing myself to jump in bad conditions and just get a good practice in. Thrilled by the breakthrough. Have a great day and thanks for the support. Bubba
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