Monday, September 1, 2014

Need the Past to Advance My Future!!

In the rearview mirror I see both good and bad things that remind me of lessons needed to move forward.  I don't allow this thinking to drag me down but rather to remind me of the work it took for my successes, and the long road it took to climb out from failures.  Overall it keeps me from throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

My leg is not nearly as bad as I thought but I will stick to the same conservative plan I should have at the beginning.  Looking back, I turned this two week ordeal into a six week struggle and was on my way to doing it again.  Thank you history.

This is Labor Day and a time to celebrate the close of the summer, the momentum to end the year, and the hopes and goals of a new year.  I have never told the story I'm about to tell.  Ten years ago today I took my last drink of alcohol.  Strange day to pick considering I only had two glasses of wine that day. 

At that point in my life I had recovered from a divorce three years earlier, near loss of the bottom half of my left leg due to an infection following my second Achilles surgery, a financial collapse and other really fun things. 

I felt I had leaned on alcohol (red wine) a little too much to get me through the mess, so the decision was easy.  On that Labor Day, my life could not be better, and with that being the case, if I didn't stop drinking then, when would I ever? 

For the great majority that knew me during this time I'm sure you had no clue of my suffering, but I knew it, and those closest to me knew it.  Let's just say I quit at the top of my game!  Have a safe and fun Labor Day!!  Bubba

ACDC - "Have a Drink on Me" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zM1xL2JPWJo

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Change of Plans AGAIN!!

My leg won't get well unless I let it heal.  This morning I could do heavy hack squats, lying leg curls, and leg extensions and felt absolutely nothing.  But I can't run a step.  In fact I can't even walk without a limp.  I'm right back to where I was three weeks ago because I tried to run faster than 5% before it was ready.

I'm seeing  PT friend Tuesday for some more guidance but one thing I know for sure, I'm leaving it alone.  Have a great day and thanks for hanging out with this train wreck.  Bubba

Metallica - "For Whom the Bell Tolls" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17HRV8k1YMw

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Little Setback!!

When am I ever going to learn?  This little ding must get well or you are setback to zero on the healing time clock.  Yesterday in my pre-meet I did like three quick running steps and felt like I was quickly at the threshold for this inner leg issue.  I stopped. 

Throughout the day I felt it a little and this morning it felt gone.  I started sleds and by halfway through #2 I knew I was going too fast at 5% effort.  I quit hallway through #3.  So I've basically thrown away three weeks trying to rush this and now I have at least lost another week.  I only have three weeks until the San Diego Senior Games.  I'm not feeling confident I can or should try that.

Tomorrow I will switch my rehab to the Gauntlet (Stairmaster with real stairs instead of that sissy up/down pedaling) and intervals on the bike.  Even if I can't go for San Diego I will have a new level of fitness, and that is worth a lot.  Have a great day!  Bubba

Winery Dogs - "Not Hopeless" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEQBPZaobeg

Friday, August 29, 2014

No San Diego!!

I did a little pre-meet this morning and decided it's too soon for vaulting, even at a low level.  I may be able to get away with it but it's not worth the risk.  I'll just go to sleds every other day for awhile until I'm back up to full speed.  I'll jump the San Diego Senior Games on 9.21 with my 4m/13'1" poles, the Nevada Senior Games on 10/5 with 4.15m/13'7".  Why?

1) I don't want to risk getting hurt when things are going well.  2) Our world and national rankings close for this year on Sunday (8/31), so even a decent jump would go on next year's list. I think I will finish 2nd or 3rd in the world both indoors (2nd) and outdoors (3rd).  With world championships in France next year, I need to continue my march toward that rather than rush things to get bigger jumps now.

I still think it was a calculated risk that I was comfortable with when I got this ding.  I was wrong of course but I would have made the same decision.  I'm in a great place to move forward and I will look forward to that.  Have a great day!  Bubba

No Doubt - "Spiderwebs" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZktNItwexo Long before there was a Gwen Stefani "brand" she was the lead singer of a punk/ska band from Garden Grove right here in Orange County, California.  Been a fan since way back, and Spiderwebs describes my tangled up training and life at the moment.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Now What?!

I felt like I could have run much faster today, but of course did not.  I even felt like I could have jumped at a low level today, but of course I did not. 

So I'm getting ready to head to the gym and Nancy says, "So are you going to jump at the San Diego All Comers Saturday evening?"  "NO, OF COURSE NOT", I replied.  But now I'm thinking about taking my smallest poles and trying to just have some fun.  Stupid?  Don't know if I will actually do it, but it's 50/50 right now and when I heard Nancy say it my chances were 0%.  Have a great day and thanks for checking in!  Bubba

Van Halen - "Bottoms Up" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8fYlqqg-pQ

Friday, August 22, 2014

Phase Break!!

Taking a week off as a phase break to finish up my little dings.  See you soon.  Bubba

Mighty Mighty Bosstones - "The Impression That I Get" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIGMUAMevH0

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Don't Screw it Up!!

I went out to do sleds today and felt pretty good.  As my stride length was extending as I walked toward the starting point of my first 50m, I felt a gentle "tugging" where my leg has been healing.  Though I have no pain, I jogged like 5% and still felt the tugging.  That is healing scar tissue and with one big step my healing clock may start over at zero days.  So after two I stopped. 

I figure that since I have been under cautious and cost me about five days in my recovery, I would be overcautious here and make some days up.  Leg lifts and bars felt great at 100%. 

I think by next Thursday I can vault from 2 lefts/4 steps but may wait one more week just to be overcautious.  OR I will just run and show up at the San Diego Senior Games on my big poles with no jumps for six weeks.  Either way I think I will be fine.  Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!  Bubba

Heart - "Crazy On You" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gpNqB4dnT4