I have decided that I am going to do a (big) project. I know that some (most) of you are pretty much distance fans, but I know we all like learning about all aspects of our sport. And judging by that one post I had on Tamgho’s hitch kick, there is a decent amount of interest in learning about the jumps.
So I am going to document my senior year of collegiate athletics to hopefully bring some more awareness to the field events and Division 3, to educate anybody willing to learn on how certain jumpers train, and to give myself an outlet for my thoughts on how things go.
A background on myself. My name is Joey Pacione, I do LJ/TJ at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL. My current PR’s stand at 21’7.25" and 46’5.25", both from my sophomore year. I jumped at Lake Park High School in Roselle, IL, and had PR’s of 19’3" and 44’0".
Due to a difference in philosophy with my college coach, I am completely in charge of my own training. He likes to train jumpers like 400 runners, I like to train like a jumper. With the help of my high school coach Tom Kaberna, former LSU guru Boo Schexnayder, tons of reading and purchases, going to USATF Level 1, USTFCCCA TFTC, and the USTFCCCA Jumps specialist certification, I have developed what I think is a very well rounded understanding of jumps training.
My sophomore year is when I was put in charge of my own training. The season was pretty much a dream, with PR’s almost everywhere I went, including winning my outdoor conference meet in Triple Jump. Last year, things just didn’t go too well, and I realized I need to be accountable to myself even when things go poorly. I thankfully got back to the point where I was able to defend the outdoor conference title, but nothing else remotely noteworthy happened.
So I ask that you guys take this journey with me. I’ll be posting daily workouts, rationale behind everything we do in training, and my occasional thoughts on how things are personally shaping up. And hopefully as the year goes on those who read will piece together a very solid idea of jumping and the training involved.
Any questions are welcome and encouraged.
I’ll do my first workout post tonight, recapping the week.