I started “phase two” of my training on October 19th. Phase 1, which happened to be the first four weeks of training for me, went by quickly and it was great. I felt amazing, minus a couple days of lower back pain before checking in with my chiropractor. The first phase consisted primarily of a high volume of lifting: 4 or 5 sets of 10 or 12 reps for each exercise, as well as the most running volume I’ll get all year. That’s not to say that I won’t run going forward, but I will most likely be running with a sled attached to me or uphill for the most part. Fun, right?
Also, If you know me, you’ll know that I take my lifting seriously. My big weight room goals for this year are to hang clean 300 lbs and hang snatch 200 lbs. I think that these lifts are a good indicator of how explosive I’ll be on the track/runway and good lifting sessions prior to a meet tend to = good meet results for me. Considering how the last four weeks went in the weight room, I don’t think I’ll have a problem hitting those numbers.
I’ve also been doing some light bounding here and there and in spite of the fact that I felt flat for the first week or two things, have picked up very quickly and my body is starting to get back to where it was last season. The triple jump is definitely like riding a bike and I’m fortunate for that since it means I can pretty much pick up where I left off in terms of training and even speed work although I haven’t even looked at my sprint or jumping spikes since starting up. I’m ready to take on more in this next phase of practice though, so onward and upward!