Slow-twitch vs Fast-twitch

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Posted by w0ep on March 23, 2019 at 8:53 pm

[Today’s run: 7 miles]

Last Saturday I was at the Pistol Ultra hanging out with people that do 30-100 miles. Today I was a volunteer at the Mississippi State Al Smidt Bulldog Relays track and field event.

I got a free T-shirt! which I wore to show everyone I was an official person.

We worked the pole-vault. My job was to talk to the next person vaulting. They would tell me a number between 45 and 80 and I would use this number board thingy to transmit that number to other people working the bar thingy (the “standard”). The number was the back-set of the bar from the pole hole place, in centimeters. So the people working the bar would adjust it to where the pointer said that number. And then the participant would do their thing.

I also ran the “performance” number board which showed the height of the bar in feet and inches, for the crowd. The actual bar height and the competition was done using metric measurements (centimeters). The guy running the event would translate for me when they raised the bar and I would put that number on the performance board. (At one time my wife said, “They are raising the bar.” Which is probably the first time I have ever heard that phrase used in its original context.)

The women’s winner was MSU freshman Peyton Mickelson and, according to the on-line results,she broke the MSU record for that event! Third place was another MSU freshman. So there is going to be some good women’s pole vault at MSU for the next few years.

The men’s winner was Michael Carr from Arkansas State and he was flirting in the area of the MSU record… but he doesn’t play for MSU. I don’t think there were any men from MSU in the pole vault.

Pole vaulters don’t get a lot of attention. While they were doing their vaults we also had javelin, shot put, running races, a baseball game (with an airplane formation flying over during the national anthem at the next-door baseball field), a softball game next door, football practice and some sort of tennis. A track meet is kind of like a three ring circus. I think we were the last event to finish up.

This is the second time in my life I have seen pole vaulting. A few years ago we went over to Birmingham and watched the NCAA indoor T&F championships and they had it there.

Warming up for men’s pole vault
Men waiting in line during warm up while women run a 200 meter event
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2 Comments

  • On March 24, 2019 at 12:58 am Jonathan How said

    Imagine if doing the limbo predated pole vaulting. Then the term would be “lowering the bar.”

  • On April 2, 2019 at 6:29 pm steve howard said

    Mary says you would be ‘manna from heaven’ for any track meet organizer. You are less than 80 years old; you don’t get distracted; you show up on time; you care that the job is done right and you probably have lots of really good ideas about how to run things better.

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