Well after one full season of college track down, I’m not as thrilled as i want to be. Everyone always says its freshman year so you still have to get accustomed to things, and extreme improvement takes times. Unfortunately for me, I’m not patient. Coming out of this season i am frustrated, or in other words have a burning desire to jump non stop. While it is a completely different training atmosphere i feel like i have adapted properly, and i know i have gotten much better, however the numbers don’t show it, and that’s really the kick in the butt.
I can relate this experience to high-school so it is a continuing thing. You train as hard as your body will let you (or coaches) and you know what you have to do, but somehow you cant do it. This is where words of wisdom from my coach come in handy. RELAX. He says this in terms of your muscles while vaulting, but also in terms of your head. One huge thing i have been working on is not thinking. Thinking is for drills and practice, but once you want to go big, you have to let your body do the work. You need to trust your muscle memory and what it is going to do. This means once you start your jump dont fight the pole. If you try and fight it and muscle it, in the end the pole will win.
Coming out of this season and getting ready for outdoor, there is a lot going through my head. Things include, adjusting my run and take off, hitting my hips and staying with it, and composure… While this is essentially the entire vault, so i want to jump 24/7, i have to remember to trust my coach and simply do what he says. Believe it or not, coaches know what they are doing, and normally have a game plan laid out for you in terms of training. So while it is great to be intense, you have to make sure you do not over do it, just listen to your coaches.
I leave you with a random quote said by some random guy: “remember, you should live to learn and learn to live, but if you simply learn to learn and live to live, you are going nowhere.”