Today was another great day training with coach. I was up at 3:40am and ready and down at LA Fitness at 5:15am. I trained for over an hour before heading off with coach. My back was in nice form doing some nice Back Walkover Series and tomorrow I am going to be back doing it on the beam again.
I started on vault this morning. We started on Setting 5 on the vault which is the height I need to be able to do my Level 7 vault which is a Front Handspring with a Full Twist. I am back to full running strength which is great and I am landing onto a mat in the pit. It is not a flat surface as it has the foam below it which makes it a little challenging to stick but I am getting more comfortable at it.
Coach has said I am going to vault into the pit once more, then vault onto the mat and then we are going to talk twisting. Yay. I will get to do the Level 7 Vault this block.
Next we rotated to bars. We are working up on tidying up the technique. I need to focus on keeping my belly sucked in. If my abs are out I am losing power and peeling off on the bail. I did a 5/10 Long Hang Kips as I was working on improving the form. The key thing here is the hands are in good shape for Thursday.
I then went over to work on Front Handspring and I got a new distinction about really focusing on reaching through the shoulders. I did 8 Front Handsprings and landed all 8 on my feet and going forward although the last one could have been better. Next I worked on Front Tuck into the pit. I did it onto a mat in the pit and landed on my feet on each one although I did not stick them all.
Coach said Bobbie you are actually landing a foot below ground level so you would have ended on your butt. So on the last one. I ran, set and tucked like a crazy girl and sure enough coach was like Hmm good Bobbie. So her then dragged another mat into the pit to bring it close to floor height and looked at me like lets see. Well I did four more front tucks and stuck every one of them. I should be doing Front Tucks on the floor before I finish this block. I also want to work with coach on Front Handsprings too.
Finally I finished with Handspring Pirouettes which is part of my Prep Optional Gold routine. I am going to be doing a 540 degree pirouette or 1 and a half turn. (This also helps with pirouettes on bars). I did my best set ever and coach was excited for the progress. So overall it was a great day and look forward to training tomorrow and continuing to get great results on my quest for GOLD in London in 2012. Go Heroes!!