Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Pre Meet Challenge?

Today I did a little shake out and stretch before I vault tomorrow.  I've scaled back by practice goals leading up to Ft. Collins because I don't want to step over the line on my almost 100% groin.  The way these types of injuries work, is that you approach the point where you think you can almost feel it, and then stop.  If you do that it gets better every time you go out.  If not you cross the line and your healing timer starts over at zero. 

Tomorrow will be two days short of three weeks.  I got three jumps in the last time so maybe five this time.  Then try the same on Sunday.  After that I come out the following Thursday and that will be my last vaulting before the meet.  That gives me 2.5 weeks of hard sled and lifting legs without worrying about dings from vaulting.

What I haven't said is that I plan to stay on my 12'4"/3.75m poles for all of these sessions.  I think if I try to jump on them one stride closer it will resemble what a big pole feels like, but with less chance of injury. I've abandoned the idea of a session on my 13'1"/4m and another on my 13'7"/4.15m for this more conservative plan.

So how does it work to practice on 12'4" poles and then go to a meet on the same 14'1"s I haven't used since Reno?  Two years ago at Reno I had only jumped from three 3 lefts/6 steps in practice and had not tried higher than 12'.  At Reno I jumped 13' on 14'7"/4.45m poles from 6/12.  So I guess I will be alright; I hope.  Have a great day and thanks for being here!  Bubba

Guns & Roses - "Sweet Child O Mine", Axl Rose's tribute to former girlfriend, Erin Everly, daughter of Don Everly of the Everly brothers -

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Rest & Anxiety!!

I've had a number of life and business issues going on around me over the past few months.  Everything has turned the corner in a positive way, but that doesn't mean I didn't sometimes lose some sleep about it.  Got a big business call this morning, and of course that kept me awake.  I've gotten better at managing this type of stress so I can sleep, but sometime I fail to shut it down.

For the most part these issues are opportunities and not crisis, yet you can't tell my mind that when I want it to shut off.  The funny thing is that now I've turned the corner, I still have some awake time.  I have to shout at myself, "HEY - YOU'VE ALREADY FIXED THAT!!  LEAVE IT ALONE!!"

I guess my point is that sleep does effect your recovery and energy.  Training is my edge against anxiety because my mind is always running.  Like when you put your hand under hot water and realize it, you pull your hand back and wait for a few seconds for the pain to kick in.  I've successfully pulled my hand back, but there will be no pain, yet I wait for it.  Thank God for training!  Bubba

Papa Roach/Black Eyed Peas - "Anxiety" -

Monday, July 28, 2014


One year ago today I left for Italy for the World Masters Games.  In a little over a year I will leave for World Masters Athletics in Lyon, France.  Between now and then is a huge sustained climb starting at the very bottom.  Though I have already started and have very good momentum, I need to remember to keep climbing and not get comfortable with my progress.  That's my thoughts "For What It's Worth" -  Bubba

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Soul Sacrifice?!

Mixed but positive day.  I jumped on my new and smallest 3.75m/12'4" pole that Bruce Caldwell brought out for me to the Masters PV Symposium.  Of course I loved it but had a difficult time finding out what it will truly be like, because when the kids set the pit up they have the front piece over the box by 3", thus stopping the pole and causing it to straighten prematurely.  Still I jumped 9'6, 10' and 10'6 on first jumps and stopped with no groin issues.  We will fix the pit tomorrow and I'll give it another shot Thursday.

Today as I saw the Tour de France race enter Paris, it reminded me that I only have until 7/31 to get a 10% discount entering World Masters next year in Lyon, France.  So I entered.  I jump on August 15, 2015, but I am entered.  In fact I'm the only vaulter of any age or gender entered.  At least I can start off first.  ;-)

Here's a young Carlos Santana at Woodstock with his then 16 year old drummer - "Soul Sacrifice" -

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Wanna Be a Mile High Cowboy!!

I was listening to my music while lifting in my garage this morning and two great sounds came on; "8 Miles High "by the Byrds, and "Cowboy" by Kid Rock -

To most people this isn't relevant, but to me it was pretty ironic.  My next meet is outside of Denver, the Mile High City, in the college and cowboy town of Ft. Collins.  What makes this meet special is that Colorado State University does not want to move their HJ and PV pits outside for this meet so we get an "indoor mark" in late August.  Not only that, it counts as a 2015 mark since 2014 technically ended on March 31.  So on December 1, of this year, when the 2015 rankings start, we will already have a mark. 

I first heard about this from Kay Glynn, many time WR holder.  I went last year and won a nice award for outstanding vaulter of the meet.  It was my very first day on my Essx Carbon Recoils and I was on the 13'7"s.  This time, unless something squirrely happens, I'm going I on 14'1"s hoping fore better things.

People ask me all of the time why people jump higher outdoors than indoors.  I explain that indoors is at the first of the year so people aren't as far along in their development.  I used to joke that if you gave us an indoor meet in August you would see some bigger marks.  So there you go.  I'll be a Mile High Cowboy on Sunday, August 24. Have a great Saturday!!  Bubba

Friday, July 25, 2014

Beast Mode?!

Today I felt very strong and powerful.  Last year in an effort to jump higher when I foolishly got down to 160 lbs., from my normal jumping weight of 168-171, I lost all power.  I could not get on any decent size poles and my grip went down.  It was a failed experiment in a world championship year.  The fact I still got 2nd in Italy is surprising.

It's taken me about a year to get back to my normal  training/vaulting weight.  Oh I could gain the weight but it needed to be muscle mass.  Just a few days over a year ago I left for Italy.  Today I think I'm much better off and with one year left before worlds in Lyon, France, I will not forget that lesson.

Beast mode to me means that even when I start to look  big and muscular that I will keep going and not back down just to stay lean.  I am lean and getting stronger.  But if bigger comes and it's effective then fine.  In my early 40s I jumped 15'1" at 189.  At 44 I jumped 14'7 1/2" at 178.  In any case, there are no preconceived ideas where I should come out as long as it's not below 165.  Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by!  Bubba

Megadeth - "Holy Wars" -  GREAT power through your workout song!!  My favorite line in the song is in the news everyday in the middle east, "Killing for religion is something I don't understand".  Amen! These people have been fighting each other for hundreds of years.  We're not changing it!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Resume Program!!

I was so  beat up I took my day off one day early, and then promptly skipped the make up session the next day.  You have to listen when your body talks or it will begin to yell.

So today I resume my regular Thursday sleds/bars/lower lift and I feel flat and lethargic.  I backed off a little and decided to totally focus on quality of effort and technique.  After a few sleds like this I suddenly felt very alive and FAST!!  ZERO sign of the groin strain. 

Afterwards my bars and lifting were very good too, SO, back to low level jumping on Sunday!!  Yahooooo!!  Have a great day and thanks for being here!  Bubba

Jethro Tull from 1970 - "Nothing is Easy" -