WELL, I cannot believe that it is August already. I move back to school on the 17th to start my first full year as a Resident Advisor. So since I’m already starting to get back into school mode, it’s hard not to think about the upcoming track preseason ahead of me.
As far as vaulting goes, I can honestly say I’ve only gotten 3 days of pole vaulting in thanks to attending Bill Falk’s Pole Vaulting Camp at Rhode Island College. I was later diagnosed with mono (only a few days before Baystates! Arrgghhh!)—so that kept me out of pole vault for the rest of the summer. I was really determined to get a lot of training in this summer, but it seems like everything that wanted to prevent me from doing so decided to just come out of nowhere. That’s life I guess. It sounds like I make a lot of excuses, but on top of getting mono, my grandfather dying, and my father having massive surgery—there’s been a lot going on!
I’m really glad I got to go to camp though. The past few years I’ve gone, I have improved my personal bests by at least a foot. Last summer I was unable to go and didn’t improve my height at all—so if history proves right, I should be improving by at least a foot this year. I also lucked out and had Brenner coaching for our group. It was great to actually have someone who has seen me vault during the season and gives me exactly what to work on instead of some random person. And he’s just a pretty cool guy.
So once I get the stupid sickness / low immune system crap out of the way i’m really gonna get right at it. Sheesh, I’m really sick of this health stuff getting in the way! I’d like to think I take pretty good care of myself…
Hope everyone else is having a great, pole-vault filled rest of the summer—almost back to school soon!