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NB Indoor Grand Prix
After a quick trip across the pond last weekend it was super nice to not travel for a weekend as the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix was this past weekend right here in Boston! The meet got a lot of hype as there were many of the top athletes in the world competing. The atmosphere was great and I think the meet lived up to all the hype! There were 5 of us in the women’s pole vault, including Olympic gold medalist Jenn Suhr. I felt pretty good in warm ups and cleared a 4.30m bar easy so decided to just come in at 4.30m (14’1). 4.30 was the 2nd height in the progression. I cleared 4.30m, 4.45m (14’7), then 4.55m (14’11). I just stayed calm and reminded myself before each jump to execute my cues. I didn’t want to focus on it too much going into the meet, but the height progression was not ideal since the World B standard is 4.50m (14’9) and the World A standard is 4.60m (15’1). Unusual that a competition wouldn’t go through those heights. Oh well though…like I said I didn’t focus on it because I couldn’t let that affect me. So after 4.55m the bar went to 4.65m (15’3) and I missed 3 times. I just wasn’t on the right pole to clear that bar unfortunately. But all in all I cannot be mad with my performance in Boston because that is not a bad height by any means and even though certain things weren’t lining up quite right I was still able to clear 4.55m…which I am happy with! I have to also remind myself that it is early in the year so I just need to continue doing what I am doing and the heights will come. Oh yea…and I placed 2nd only behind the gold medalist!
Now I look ahead to this coming weekend and traveling across the pond again to Donetsk, Ukraine to the famous Pole Vault Stars meet put on by world record holder Sergey Bubka. I went to this meet two years ago and am looking forward to going back. It is an electric atmosphere and the top jumpers in the world will be there so it will no doubt be a great competition. Reflecting back on the the meet this weekend in Boston I know what adjustments I need to make going forward. I look forward to continuing to execute what I’ve been working on and raise the bar :) As always, thanks for following my journey! Means the world to me :) Follow me on twitter at @SaxDefyGravity and on my athlete Facebook page as well!
Mon Feb 4th, 2013