Tonight I decided to work on my hopping. I still am a seat in hopper since I haven’t gotten enough control with seat out yet. My best was 13" and my goal was to get onto three pallets which came to 15". I warmed up on the single and double stacked pallets. After I got sweaty, I decided to go for the triple stack. Boy that stack looked high, even though it was only 2" above my best hop!
On the first attempt I landed on the tire, but fell backwards. This boosted by hopes and helped grow my positive attitude. Following attempts would often land on the tire (about 60-70% of the time), but I was either falling backwards or had not committed my body enough to stay on the pallet and fell back towards the spot where I started my jump.
I worked on it with and without a prehop, both worked and failed about the same. I worked on concentrating on compressing my body before the hop and extending my free hand/arm fully into the air before pulling the set up.
I finally made it onto the pallets and managed a few hops before I fell off. The the magic moment… using a pre hop, I landed on top of that towering stack of pallets, stayed in control, hopped a few times to celebrate and then hopped back to the ground. The only bummer of the whole thing was that I no one with me to celebrate my success. I still gave a holler to celebrate, I have no idea who was supposed to hear it. Ah… the lonely life of a uni rider.
As I think about the hopping technique I was wondering if anyone has worked on just body extension during a hop. I was thinking it might be useful to work on jumping onto an easily attainable height, but do it by extending upwards only. Really concentrating on achieving a full body extension. Doing the hop without recoiling the body (to help pull up the uni for more height).
My theory here is that with better extension, you will get more height. By separating the moves, you can work on better extension, and thus get more height. You don’t get much time to compress, extend, and recoil during a hop! I’m sure I wasn’t geting the best compression, extension or recoil on my jumps.
Well thanks for listening to my celebration post… or is it a mini brag fest? Either way, it feels good to be moving up. (moan…pun intended)
Thanks to all the hopping posts and videos that have helped me to learn some techniques.