Break the jump
Thu, 2009-04-23 06:05
“It’s just a jump! Nothing to be scared of!!!” that’s what I’m thinking out loud, getting ready to break the jump. I know I have done bigger jump and more tricky than this one. My concern in fact, is this knee high wall on which I have to step on to, to take off. I usually like the feeling of running precisions, the sensation of flying makes me think sometimes that nothing is impossible as long as I find the motivation and the strength to reach my goals.
I try to relax, look at the jump one more time, shake my arms and legs, shake my head, try again to relax my whole body, swipe my shoes soles with my hand to get an optimal grip. The grip on the landing has been checked, the run up, checked, the take off… this damn take off! What can possibly happen? If I focus too much on the jump and miss the take off, that will be the worst case. Not enough foot and I will bang my knee or my shin on the edge of the wall. Too much foot and I will slip and fall on my back, and maybe hit the wall with my coccyx. I don’t really like these perspectives.
So I’m going to concentrate mainly on the take off, and decompose the jump as I always do when I’m not confident about it.
- First, run as fast as you can, Momentum is your best friend
- After, jump as far as you can, even further
- Finally, land because if you don’t land, that means you’ve been abducted by aliens.
So I start running, try to get the maximum speed, evaluate the distance to see if my foot placement is still right; it’s fine, I’m getting close to the wall, take off… and chicken out on the jump because I was too scared on the take off. So I give it a try, 3 perfect take off in a row then I’ll go for the real deal. 3 done! I’m now ready for the jump. I will run, jump and land successfully. I have thought of everything I could have thought of, my physical condition, the whole process before the jump, the position of the walls and even the temperature and the wind. All I need to do now, is to go to Vauxhall and see if my meditation is fruityful. In any cases, I’m going to break the jump.