- We arrived at 6:45 AM after meeting at 5:45 for the drive.
- The pit was put out last night and not covered so it was soaked.
- They had no crossbar but we had brought ours just in case.
- We started our part of the meet before the sun came up, in very wet conditions and under the stadium lights.
- Due to some shifting of stuff in the garage because of our bathroom remodels going on, I somehow got to the meet without my bag that contains my knee brace, tape, spray to make the pole sticky, etc.
- I cannot jump without my knee brace because of a hyperextended knee condition that flares my hamstring.
- I could not grip the pole without the spray, especially in the wet conditions.
- The pit was set up too close to the box so my pole bend was hitting the pit and straightening out before I could complete the vault. It requires many people to move the pit and we had three so we dealt with it.
- All of this wasted because I felt absolutely spectacular like this was going to be a huge day.
- I took a jump at 12' (3.66m) and made it very easily and moved the bar to 13' 1" (3.99m). Running down the runway I felt my knee start to click (hence the brace) so I stopped. No pain, just the warning that I acknowledged.
- When my group jumped at 11 AM it was warm and there was a massive tailwind and the pit had been moved back so the poles could roll through. So would my jump now hold up?
- My friend Bob Crites started at 10' 6" (3.20m) and worked his way through before making 12' (3.66m) on his 3rd and last attempt. I win because I made it on my first. Had he made it on his first I still would have won because I had only one vault to that point and he had six.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Strangest Meet of My Life
One jump for the win and I qualified for next year's National Senior Games. Huh?! I got a call from the meet director asking me if I could officiate the vault. Dangit!! I asked Don and he agreed. The meet director would officiate us at 7:30 AM and then we would run off the rest of the competitions for the other 32 vaulters. Here we go;