Long time no post, my bad on that. But now it’s 2am during finals period, and I am in desperate need of a distraction from my studying marathon, so time for an update! The rest of the summer I was so excited about ended on a very… uh… a very… well it ended on a note. It wasn’t what I was hoping for, not even close. However I did manage to really improve a lot of pieces in my vault and I was lucky enough to get more with the club overall with things like the beach vault and the Halloween vault. If you haven’t made it out to one of these events get there, these fun mini-meets are great! I highly recommend participating if you get the chance, they’re crazy fun and are good vaulting.
Moving on to the transitional period between the summer and winter seasons – some people call this period fall – I practiced when possible and made the best of the nice days when they came around. I couldn’t have done this without the help of the Springfield group, you guys are awesome! For all that don’t know, Patriot has recently opened up shop in Springfield Mass. There’s a good group of local coaches that run practices over there, and it’s a fantastic place to do some open pit jumping. It has a real grass-roots type feel, when they (hopefully) open up again in the spring its gonna be one of the places to be. Anyhoo, while at Springfield I was able to really hammer out a consistent run, which has done wonders for the rest of my jump. I was blowing through poles I used to struggle to get on, and my short vault really took off. I’m talking about getting my knees up to 13 from 3 steps (which for some reason I still struggled to clear from 7) and such. That’s HUGE for me. Ever since I’ve been working on translating those results back to longer runs and have seen some progress as of late.
If nothing else, the whole process of the fall season has taught me to really perfect one part of the vault before moving on to another. I feel as though that may be one of the key reasons why the summer ended so poorly. Even though I was practicing much more frequently in the summer, I got way over-ambitious and tried to fix 10 things at once. I really overdid it and lost all of my consistency because there was no part of my jump that I could rely on to be the same each jump. I’d have a terrible jump, then a jump worth 14 feet, then a handful of run-throughs because it became impossible to determine what changes were good or bad. Luckily, all this changed during the last few weeks of outdoor practice, and put me into a pretty good place at the start of the indoor season.
Now I’ve only had one meet this season (Harvard Open), and I’m not really sure how I feel about it but I’m already thinking that I’m going to have a massive breakout season. The first meet was… weird? It all went pretty badly for me: I got there late, forgot a uniform, dropped about $70 between gas entry fee and parking and proceeded to NH.
Oddly enough though, (and for those of you who know me or who have been to a meet where I’ve done poorly you know this is pretty odd) I’m really not that broken up about it. I got there, without warming up immediately blew through a 5-step, then blew through a 7-step on my full pole. Since I was so late, that was it for warm-ups. Then came the 3 jumps. On the first jump I knocked the bar on the way up. I moved my standards back, smooshed my full run pole, and blew through the second jump. I moved up to a new pole, had a great jump and!!! forgot to move my standards in =( I was well over (as I was in the second jump) but just didn’t get the depth and caught the bar on the way down. Despite this, I really feel ok with the way I jumped Saturday. My jump felt sooooo consistent and I didn’t need 100 jumps to get there like I usually do. Once I figure out which pole I’m using on my full run I should be all set to finally get a consistent season down! Hopefully that consistent season can be full of jumps higher than my PR, but we will see. That’s about all I have for now, so thanks for reading, stop in soon for more updates,