After the meet at SIU on 12/7…I have officially plateau-ed. This is the point in the season that you dread, because for all of the gains you make, your final output usually remains the same. As depressing as this can be mentally and physically, I welcome this phase with open arms. Because while I am not jumping higher, I am still jumping and while I am not running faster, I am still running and while I am feeling weaker, I am getting stronger. I also welcome this because it comes at a time of the year when there is not a lot going on. I don’t have any meets and I can continue to beat my body up and then rest for the holidays.
After failing to surmount 16’ or higher from 6 Lefts, I decided to utilize my speed and move back to 7 Lefts. The video in post #12.5 was from 7 lefts and instantly, I felt a difference. I had several near makes over the 17’ (5.20m) bungee. That’s hardly plateau-ing in terms of my goals for the year, but I know that I have more physical capability than I am displaying right now. As for the technical side, I am still struggling with key positions in the latter half of the vault. Right now I am remaining passive for too long. I have to continually move and stay active, driving my shoulders down as I raise my hips. This will help me get in a better position and will give me the extra 6-8 inches that I am looking for on my “best” jumps.
12/10- Vault Day: full jumps from 7 lefts, 15’/18.5 and 17.5 from 96.5' (bar at 4.90/5.20m)
12/11- Lift-4 Upper body exercises, 3 lower body exercises; 8x 7 Lefts Slide Box w/ hurdle; 7x50m with resistance, 7x50m with over-speed; 2x75m FAST
12/12- Vault Day: short jumps from 4 lefts, 14’/18.4 and 14'6"/20.4/19.3 from 55.5' (bar at 4.65m); 8x20 plyos
12/13- Lift-4 Upper body exercises, 3 lower body exercises; 6x50m with resistance, 6x50m with over-speed; 1x75m; Hurdle Stretch
12/14- Vault Day: full jumps from 7 lefts, 15’/18.5 and 17.9 from 96' (bungee at 4.90m)
12/17- Vault Day: full jumps from 7 lefts, 15’/18.5 and 17.9 from 96' (bungee at 4.90m)
12/18- Jump-offs; 10 x 7 Lefts Slide Box w/ hurdle; 4x100m; 6x50m FAST; Hurdle Stretch
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