M60 vaulter Altendorf threatens 13-foot barrier
What goes up must go upper. M60 John Altendorf of Oregon reported yeterday that he cleared 3.96 meters (12-11 3/4) at an all-comers meet June 29 at the University of Oregon’s hallowed Hayward Field. And he posted a video clip as well. That breaks his own pending world age-group record of 3.84 (12-7 1/4) from mid-June.
John wrote: “There were the necessary 3 officials there to observe so there is a good chance it will be accepted as a record performance.”
A few weeks earlier, he shared some details of his training, technique and physique:
“This year I worked my way onto 14-(foot poles). When my steps are on, my plant is high enough and I provide sufficient whip-swing, I can get on them. Not if but when those fail me, I have to bail on my jump; like on my last attempt at 4m. I’m 5’9″ and 142 pounds. I was on a 150 pole in these videos. Being on that long a pole, I should easily jump 4m+, but somehow I haven’t put it together in a meet yet.
“I am currently relatively lean, about 7-8% body fat. I attribute that to several things, probably the most important is my wife prepares healthy, low-fat meals for me. And when I snack, it is usually a low-fat nutrition bar. I used to jog as my main exercise (age 40-55).
“Before I started vaulting at age 56, I had been working out on a Bowflex for a couple of years. That made a large change in my body condition and made me think if I was ever going to vault again, that would be the time to try. Once in reasonable shape, I haven’t really kept to a rigid regimen of exercise like some vaulters I read about.
“During the HS season I can’t help myself from demonstrating drills and actually jumping while coaching. When I’m not jumping so much I do simple exercises like push-ups and sit-ups, also bar work with Bubka like drills. I guess I am very lucky that once in shape, eating right (most of the time) and with just a nominal amount of actual workouts, I can keep good body tone.”