The platform crept slowly downward until I was comfortable jumping from about 9 feet. Did I mention I don’t like heights? Despite instructions from Rick to keep my arms in and land on my back and behind, I fell backward onto the mat with arms extended, believing idiotically I could brace my fall. That I landed without injury was a feat in itself.
I’m glad I worked out with Jenn Suhr when I did. In the future, the bar will likely be set much higher. Rick said, “It’s good to be ranked No. 1 in the world two years in a row and know that you’re only getting better.” He believes Jenn is “going to peak probably two years from now.” And that should put Jenn in perfect position to defend her Olympic title at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
As for my pole-vaulting peak, it’s safe to say I reached it earlier this week.
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