So, I don’t know if I mentioned this before or not and since I’m now a lazy college student I’m not going to look back through my posts, but we don’t have the facilities or enough people for me to get full jumps in at practice. I practice at 6:30am and usually it’s just me and my coach so we never pull out all the mats. By the time we did that some other team would be kicking us off the courts, and I wouldn’t get any practice in at all. All this means is that the only time I get to do full runways and jumps is at meets so we’ve been treating all our meets as practices. It also means that I don’t get a lot of practice swinging.
Which is where pool vaulting comes in. Once I got over giggling because pool and pole sound similar I started panicking because, as some of you know, I hate water and I hate going upside down. Two things that this workout was going to entail. And, since it’s no fun whining when Coach Doug isn’t around, I actually did it. And it was kind of a lot of fun. Pretty much my coach stuck a 16 foot or so pole in the pool and held it and I dove down and then held onto the pole and swung up to get used to being completely inverted. The only problem was when I threw my head back because then I’d get water up my nose and then start spluttering and dying but other than that it was a lot more fun than I’d been anticipating. I guess this is an example of why trying new things is good. But why put valuable life lessons into what is supposed to be a laid back account of a wacky practice?
Jumping once a week doesn’t really give me a lot to talk about, though next weekend is our Indoor Conference meet. Hopefully I’ll clear a height. But even if I don’t, Spring Break is coming up which means outdoor is officially starting and while Meadville’s weather doesn’t cooperate with this fact and continues to snow, hopefully I’ll be able to get outside and start jumping soon.