Monday, April 9, 2012

Update and a few videos

Ive been meaning to jump on here and update everyone on all that has gone on but I kept putting it off.  The main goal between the indoor and outdoor season is to get a good base of training in that will hold me all the way to the end of the season.
I had the chance to go to the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California for a USATF workshop.  USATF brought a bunch of high jump, pole vault, long jump, and steeplechase athletes to the center to do a variety of tests including high speed running analysis, nutritional analysis, functional movement screening, and bio-mechanical vault analysis.  All really good stuff, I have done all these things before but wanted to see where I was in comparison to last year and was pleased to find that I am ahead of where I was a year ago!

Since I was getting a free trip to California I decided to stay around for about a week and get some good training in.  I gotta give a big shout out to my buddy Jeff Coover for putting me up and putting up with me for the week that I was in San Diego.  It was great we would drive to the center get a great workout in or jump session and then jump in the ocean which was awesome for recovery.  I had 2 jump session at the center and Tye Sevin the vault coach at the center was nice enough to help me out and I think I really started putting some things together.  Heres one video from 6 lefts on a 5m 13.8 taking off around 13ft.

After coming home from the center for about a week Amanda and I drove down to St. Louis and stayed with Jeff Hartwig for about a week during Amanda's spring break.  I had 2 jump sessions down there with Jeff and Lane Lohr.  Its funny how my understanding of the vault has changed this year and I think that my week down in St. Louis really opened my eyes to what Im really wanting to do in the vault, and I really think its going to have a big impact on my jump.  Heres a video from the 2nd jump session even tho its a miss this is another step closer to where I want to be.  Now Im going to just strengthen that jump and just try to replicate it over and over again.  My schedule coming up is the Drake Mall Vault, and Drake Relays.

Always Pursuing -Mark-

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