It’s been a while, but I’m finally back here at E.T!
I had a bad stress fracture in my tibia in the early season of 2012, took some time off from the track after that. I only did weights and core work the next following 15 months, but in September 2013 I started doing more specific track work.
Obviously, things were very different when I got back into jumping and running after such a long time: I’d gained a little too much muscle and lost some of my speed and technique. But I’ve tried to be patient and focus on the right things. I also decided to make the triple jump my primary event, instead of the long jump. For some strange reason the TJ comes way more natural to me now – I jump about 4 feet longer in practice then I used to before the injury. So far I’ve jumped 38’5 ft in training (From a 10 stride approach) About 1 foot longer than my PB from a full approach from 2012. My goal for the season is 40 ft +
I’ve been testing out a few different jump styles. Right now I like the double arm shift better than the single.. so I think I’ll stick with that for a while.
Here’s a video from a practice:
I just wrapped up my Genreal Preparation phase, and now I’m moving onto more specific higher quality training.
A typical week in this phase will look something like this:
I also stay away from anything higher than 3 reps in the olympic lifts and squats. It’s all about regaining that awesome explosiveness I used to have! I have also changed my training philosophy dramatically: Now, I actually LISTEN to my body. If I have some pain here or there – I’m not afraid of taking the day off and letting it heal before I hit the track or weightroom again. This is very new to me.. I used to be ridiculously disciplined and would need an extremely good reason to take a rest. Which is probably the main reason why I hurt my leg so bad back in ’12.
Also, I still don’t have a coach. But I try to do things ‘As if I had a coach’.
I’m moving to the US in August, and will for the first time in my life: Have a real coach to guide me 😀
If you have any advices or questions – feel free to speak up!