Yesterday was four weeks since my little right hamstring ding at Kris' place. As planned and predicted, I have my running power back, flexibility is increased and I'm back at full strength on all lifts. That's the amazing thing I learned from an early influence, physical therapist, the late Logan Wood. He said, "you're an athlete and you are going to get hurt. It's your job to ALWAYS come back better than when you left".
This mentality has served me well with my three years out after two Achilles surgeries, and a year and half on a hip inflammation problem that happened to be three hernias. From the outside it looks like I'm hurt a lot. Not really. Most are merely annoyances that I'm overcautious with to keep from blowing up to something bigger. But how about a year and a half of four weeks of rehab, followed by 10 days of activity, followed by six weeks of rehab, etc. That was my hip issue - for 18 months that went on. The Achilles was stripped of fascia but the micro tear did not show up so I ended up with a 7" vertical split. http://www.bubbapv.com/Images/Achilles1&2.jpg That was six months of rehab followed by a year of rehab all with no hope of vaulting.
So I'll take any little ding I get now over any of these other BIG issues. BUT, every time something happens I keep building the wall, brick by brick. If I can't vault I can do something to get better and it will pay off when I can. I just have to keep showing up every day and that I will.
My general rule of conditioning is that I should always be within four weeks of being very competitive. The longer I can train consistently and uninterrupted, the better I can get physically. Right now I'm still about three weeks from when I left for Sydney a year ago, yet I'm in far better shape. Now it's time to jump and do so consistently. Very excited. Thanks for being here as always! Bubba