The last two weeks have been a bit trying as my elbow has forced me to deload while I get back to full strength.
I’m pretty sure I know what I did wrong and I’ve corrected it and believe I’m on the right path now, but it’s frustrating nonetheless. I’m missing about 10 degrees of elbow extension and I’ve been working to correct this, but it’s a difficult task while I’m still throwing. The soft tissue work and passive and active ROM work had been working pretty well, but I was not being careful enough about not hanging out in valgus while doing some of the passive work. This combined with the stress of high effort throwing is what I think did it.
It’s more frustrating because I think prior to this setback I was on the right track. My constraint testing numbers were going up and getting very close to my targets. I know that each of these setbacks is just more information to help improve my process, but it’s still extremely frustrating.
I’m getting close to being ready to up the intensity again and I’m excited to test out a few ideas I’ve had. Experimentation is a huge part of reaching a high level of performance and I’ve been playing around with different drill variations and positional adjustments to see how they affect output and I’ve had some promising submax velocity numbers so far.
In the weight room I’ve still been focusing on power, but I’ve gone to a lower intensity day in the middle of the week because I was getting smoked with too high of intensity each week. This has been working well so far and allows me to get in some slightly higher rep work in and give my CNS a bit of a break. Monday and Friday are still high CNS days, but I’ve found that I’ve been able to reach a higher output on these days since I’ve changed the middle of my week.
Here’s a PAP pairing from a high CNS day:
I know I’m getting close to where I want to be and that the ups and downs of this process so far will just make success that much more satisfying. Every day I’m trying to do everything I can to get closer to 100mph and I know I’m going to get there.
Anyway, thank you for following me on my journey to the show and check back later this week for more content.