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Today’s update on drive to World Master’s indoor

My dad will be vaulting in the 75-79 division on Friday and I will be vaulting in the 55-59 division.  This blog follows our progress towards the meet.  The link for Kamloops World Indoor Masters is http://www.kamloops2010masters.com/

2/28/2010 Update: Both my dad and I had our best day yet.  We put on our spikes.  My dad went over 6 feet with several inches to spare, which is great for masters.  I went over 10 feet on my 14 foot 140 (oh, for a 12 foot 150!) with several inches to spare, which sets me up to do OK at masters.  There are about 10 people there who can vault higher than me, but I’ll have fun and might get lucky.  My left hamstring got a little tight so I’m going to take it easy until the masters meet.

2/24/2010 Update: Getting some sore muscles, possibly from working on having a firmer left arm when I hit the box.  It causes the pole to bend more, which puts new, different kinds of strain on the body.  Well, hope they even out by the meet.  I’m getting pretty consistent at almost 10 feet, now comes the needed improvement in form — stronger left arm, better pop up, longer delay on popping up to get better penetration.  Once in a while I get the old feel I had in high school.  My dad is getting more consistent.  Looking pretty good for his division at Kamloops.

The link for Kamloops World Indoor Masters is http://www.kamloops2010masters.com/

We’ll be pole vaulting on Friday.

2/23/2010 update Chuck spent Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday up at Bellingham, working with Dick Henrie on improving his vaulting.  He’s doing well.  With a lot of luck he may make 7 feet at the Master’s, we’re hoping.

Today we practiced again on the high bar at a local park.  We now are beginning to realize how out of shape for pole vaulting we really are.  The goal is to get the left leg straight and swing it up after the right knee drives up.

2/22/2010 Update: I’m finally getting a feel on the pole.  I’m starting to clear around 9 and a half feet in regular clothes and tennis shoes, so I’m on track to achieve my normal height.  I’m practicing keeping my left arm from collapsing in the hope of a more efficient bend of the pole and I’m trying to work on going vertical, but it appears that will be a longer process than desired for world masters pole vault competition.  Chuck, my dad, is doing well.  He’s now practiced at Bellingham twice and is gaining confidence.  He’ll be somewhere between 6 feet and 7 feet at World Masters.  We’re hoping he’ll better that, but once again we have a longer road to better form.  It is nice to have our own pit, and the weather is finally cooperating.

I’m vaulting on a 12 foot 120 pound pole to warm up, then moving to my 14 foot 130 I bought from Becca at Pole Vault Power.  If I get really good and fast I’ll move up to my 14 foot 140, which is where I could get over 11 feet if I have a really good day.

Hey!   Beats working for a living.

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