Hey Ken, good to see you here again.
Not much in the way of progress for me; I still do dynamic stretching before class, but that's all.
Since the summer weather has hit, I've been doing more rock climbing and mountain biking than TKD. I'm still in class about twice a week, so that's the extent of my stretching routine.
My left ham has flared up a bit, at the insertion point high at the ischium of the pelvis. It doesn't bother me once I'm warmed up, but does nag me in the morning when I get up from a sitting position.
I recently purchased a book called Core Performance
by Mark Verstegen. It's an excellent resource for any athlete, and has a great section on AIS (Assisted Isometric Stretching) and self-myofascial release using a foam roller.
I've added both of these elements on my days off---the foam roller is fantastic for tight IT bands.
So, despite my slacking off, kicks are still at head hieght. Left leg kicks lag behind in ROM and hieght, but progress is still being made.
In the little time I have before class, I do my warmup routine and then hit the heavy bag with turning (roundhouse) kicks; I'm convinced if I had a bag at home, I could pick up my left kicks. Taking time to disect the mechainc of the kick has helped a great deal.
I'm made the often sought-after FULL SPLIT
a goal to be reached by the time I obtain my black belt---and that's a few years away. For me, this is more realistic as far as a time frame.