Friday, December 19, 2014

Return to Wor Program!!

Good first hard garage lift since the shoulder injections.  So far so good.  I feel much stronger than I thought I would.  I will embrace the fact that nothing hurts and then pretend t may stay that way for awhile.  Have a wonderful day and thank you so much for your support!  Bubba

Humber Pie - "I Don't need No Doctor" -

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Crawling Back Up!!

Another good but forced break and back to the grind today.  Body felt great.  I'll get one, maybe two training rotations before I try and jump again.  The injections fixed the problems.  The little delt ding the other da is much better but not ready to go.  Very soon now.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!  Bubba

Defiant music that blasted me through training today when I wanted no part of it.  Thank you Linkin Park - "Crawling" -

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Ding, Ding Ding?!

Since I got two injections Monday, today was supposed to be an easy shake out.  Of course that means I'm going to try and jump at a low level.  Unfortunately it was 43 degrees this morning so I waited a little later to go out; 7:30 instead of 6:45.  I thought it might be a tailwind when I left my house, but NO - BIG headwind.  On top of that everything was soaked from our torrential rain.  How's that for a set up for disaster?

On my second 2 step take off, my foot slid across water on the runway and then stopped when it hit a dry spot, thus forcing me to fall into the pole with my step a full 1' out.  I felt a strain on the anterior delt on the left side as my arm pulled down to prevent me from slipping off and landing in the box.  Day over.

I did my ramps up behind the stadium and headed to the gym, again with my hopes and hear dashed.  Another *%&#%$^*(&%#^ DING!!!  In the gym, as I sometimes get, I decided to just go about my business and attack, and only stop if it hurt.  Surprisingly nothing ever hurt.  Did all of my bars and even lifted bench and lats.  NOTHING. 

Considering my delt hurt when I threw my fanny pack in the trunk of the car, yet  could lift without limitation, I think its OK.  But we will see Thursday, when I was originally supposed to try and jump.  have a great Sunday!  Bubba

The great Joe Bonamassa rocking out to ZZ Top & Led Zepplin live -

Tuesday, December 9, 2014


I'm traveling this week and my first stop was Houston where Dr. Rand gave me two injections; one in the shoulder and the other in my leg.  Ultrasound of my leg showed evidence of a muscle tear with a "ball of crap of scar tissue", as he called it, had formed around and in the former tear.  The shot will dissolve the mess and it should be over after eight troubling months.  This scar tissue causes adhesions and every time one breaks, I get set back.  He assured me this would go on forever had we not taken this action.  I'm not surprised.  VERY painful but excited to be done.  Have a great rest of the week and thanks for checking in.  Bubba

Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Scar Tissue" -

Sunday, December 7, 2014

The Insanity Continues!!

Baby Steps!!
Don't you hate it when you take your car to the shop and it won't misbehave for the mechanic like it constantly does for you?  Well, I will be in Houston to see my physician tomorrow about the leg that caused me to frustratingly embrace retirement 15 days ago.  The problem, though a good one, is that I jumped another full session this morning from 3 lefts/6 steps again, and easily made 11'/3.35m on my smallest pole, and felt absolutely nothing.  You may remember I also jumped Thursday.  What's that all about?!

Now I have no shortage of issues I can and will discuss with him, but seemingly the big kahuna has now fixed itself after eight months of me screwing around with it.  The blog post to tell you how I "solved" this would be too long, but suffice it to say if your training hurts you and your event does not, adjust your training.  I have.  Hope you have a wonderful Sunday and thanks so much for your support.  Bubba

Robert Plant - "Big Log" -  Hmm - Plant and Big Log do go together for pole vaulters but I picked this because I'm trying to master in on my guitar.  ;-)

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Foolishness & Sadness!!

Me & My Boy Tuffy - RIP - 12/4/14

Eleven days ago I was devastated and facing certain "retirement" as this inner leg thing again jumped up and bit me out of nowhere.  Coming to a stop after a 20% sled run it just grabbed and stopped me in my tracks.  For the next 4-5 days I limped around the house and avoided training. 

Saturday, the first day of no pain, I was out with the kids and did some walking plants and even a few super easy two step take offs into the pit.  Today I jumped from 3 lefts/6 steps like it never happened.  All I can think is that I must have had some adhesions break loose or something because no muscle heals in 11 days. 

I couldn't walk without a severe limp, yet 11 days later I'm vaulting?!  Stayed on my smallest pole but still easily made 10'6"/3.20m from 3/6 on a pole I usually go 2/4 on.  I'll take it.  Have a great evening and thanks for your support!  Bubba

Metallica - "Seek & Destroy" -

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Another Ramp Up!!

I've spent the last couple of days ramping my training back up and that will continue until my day off Wednesday.  The leg thing seems far better as I ran 10 X bleacher ramps this morning, but the upper back strain from trying to sling that laser printer around is still pretty touchy. 

Ramp ups are a necessary part of training.  I had being going very hard core on all of my training with many consecutive days.  Though the break is needed and nice, getting started again isn't always that fun.  That said, I've started.  Have a great day and thanks for your support.  Bubba

PS - apparently I'm not retired just yet.  I'm planning on vaulting Thursday.

Amboy Dukes featuring Ted Nugent on guitar - "Journey to the Center of the Mind" -