Saturday, August 1, 2015

I'm Baaaack!!

Tuesday I'm supposed to be on a plane to France, but instead I'm on a plane to Houston to get my hip injected for a nagging little tendonitis.  On top of that, my insane work travel has kept me in maintenance mode at best.

So why am I back?  For some reason I feel the need to commit to vaulting big and that requires accountability.  I'll start keeping a training log again and reporting here when I have significant things to report.

First up, get ready for Reno.  I've got six months to turn my maintenance into growth again and I'm excited to do it.  Thanks for being here!  Bubba

Bad Company - "Bad Company" -

Sunday, June 14, 2015


I figured out that a big part of my problem was that during my travel/maintenance training, I was having to be too conservative so I would feel good to vault twice a week.  Not worrying about the need to vault, I've made giant leaps in just the past few days of training.

So maybe I'm 50/50 on Worlds in Lyon. I cancelled what I had booked because it more resembled a vacation and I don't have that type of free time to be away.  I'm still entered though.  We will see what happens but right now I'm attacking my training without regard for the need to vault. I know how to vault.  Getting stronger and faster is more important if I'm going to use big poles.  Have a great day!  Bubba

Ozzy Osbourne - "No More Tears" -

Saturday, June 13, 2015


Thank God!!
The old me is dead and the new me is getting to know me.  One thing for sure is that I'm seriously planning to kick some major ass.  HARD lift this morning with the goal of going "Beast Mode" and putting on some hardcore muscle.  This won't happen overnight but it will happen.

I canceled my trip to France "as planned".  I just don't think the timing is right between work and my bigger goals.  That said, if things change and I'm ahead of schedule I might just zoom out and go alone.  Having 436K United miles makes this possible.  ;-) Fly in, jump and come home.  We'll see.  Right now it's 90/10 I'm not going but 100% that I will be back sooner rather than later.

Lift, run, bars, repeat and I'll get where I need to be. Less focus on jumping and more about getting, bigger, stronger faster.  Have a great day!  Bubba

Offspring - "I Want You Bad" -

Sunday, June 7, 2015

The End!?

As famously said in Seinfeld, "It's me not you".  After many years if keeping this blog I've for awhile now failed at my duties of keeping current.  Like many things in life, you have to sometimes let the past and comfortable go in order to grow and move forward.  I'm excited with new energy and hope, but it's a struggle to keep this blog up when I feel like I'm not giving my full effort to my vaulting or training.

The reality is that I have a huge business opportunity that I've been working on, and frankly it takes nearly all of my time.  My training can be considered as maintenance as best for the time being and I just don't think that's too exciting to write or read about.  If I get in the top five in France I'll be surprised and excited. 

I'm doing the best I can to hold onto what's important, and releasing the things that feel more like a burden.  I will continue to post here but not with regularity.  I think there's a link you can hit that emails you when there's an update. 

Speaking of updates, I jumped yesterday in Pasadena and made 11'/3.35m.  Not special on the surface, but my plan was to duplicate what I will do in France.  Yes I have been training but not jumping, so I was surprised that my start pole, which I thought would be too big was actually too little.  Yay for small victories.

The big takeaway from yesterday was that I cleared my opening height of 10'6/3.20m on my first attempt after a 90 minute sit without a run through.  International competitions do not allow run throughs so I wanted to mimic that.  Also first jumped 11' but at 12', suddenly my biggest 12'4 was too small and too short for my current abilities.  I haven't been on that pole and now I need to go to longer bigger poles.  Yahooooo!! 

I'll stay in touch when I have the time or something to say.  My next life after this business deal matures is the same as the previous one, vaulting and training and then you'll see and hear more if me.  Thanks as always for your friendship and support!  Bubba

Linin Park - "The End" -

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Not Optimal!!

It's never optimal to miss a week of training, but I traveled all week and then did 1/2 of our house move yesterday.  Somehow I felt remarkably fast and strong and I'll take that any day. I'm home this entire week so I will get a ton done.  Have a great Sunday!  Bubba

Metallica - "For Whom the Bell Tolls" -

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Getting There!!

Great four day training cycle.  No vaulting but hardcore lift, bars and sleds.  Really took a step forward this week.  It's a good thing because this will be a busy week.  Fortunately, I now need the break.  Thanks for your support!  Bubba

The incredible musicianship of the Winery Dogs - "Hopeless" -  Thanks to my buddy Dean "The Machine" Gregory for introducing me to the band, and going with me to see them.  Fast recovery from your back surgery Deano!  Love you Brutha!!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

At it Again!!

Meeting in LA at 1:30, plus rain on the way means no vaulting today. Good thing as I wanted to watch my left hamstring a little. Felt it a bit on sled #1 but never again from 2-10.  Good hard quality training all around.  Getting out early so I don't feel rushed is the key.  Thanks so much for being here!  I'm trying really hard to stay on track.  Bubba

Winery Dogs - "I'm No Angel" -