Saturday, April 30, 2011
Friday, April 29, 2011
Another great workout as my body continues to respond to the higher intensity. I'm a long way from where I'm trying to get to but I'm certainly in striking distance. Tomorrow I will add sprint drills and maybe ankle weights and some pole drills to my routine. I'll play it by ear but it feels like my body is ready and wants to do some more. Of course I will be careful. have a great day! Bubba
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
My plan to vault right now is very loose. Simply stated, I won't attempt to vault until I can do my full drill and running series without protecting myself. If that is 2,4,7 or evn 8 weeks that's fine. I'll wait. Impatience is a sign of no confidence in your plan. I LOVE my plan, but only when my body is ready. Have a great day and thanks for being here. Bubba
Monday, April 25, 2011
Loved my session today. My body felt great and my shoulder thing was nearly nonexistent. I feel fit and ready to gain momentum a little at a time.
Entries closed last night to the World Masters Championships and we ended up with 28 vaulters, with seven over 13' (3.95m). It's going to be a tough one. I'll just focus on me and my plan so I can really enjoy the event when I arrive. That said, it's not quite May 1, and I'm already thinking details about July 13. That's how it's done and I enjoy that process.
All the best and have a great day. Thank you for being here! Bubba
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Tonight at midnight Pacific time the entries will close to the World Masters Championships in Sacramento in July. I think as of yesterday there were 23 or 24 in my group and I expect maybe we will end up with 27-28 ish? So far all of the usual suspects are in except my buddy Kirk Bentz, who I know will get entered. We emailed yesterday about him coming to Houston for the NSG. Kirk - as a friend, don't do it! Your son is getting married in San Francisco on the 18th and we jump on the 20th. With only 10 guys in the field and Worlds just three weeks after, don't risk getting hurt. If it wasn't here I wouldn't jump. You have a great chance at a medal at the BIG meet.
Have a great Easter everyone!! Bubba
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Entries for the National Senior Games in my age group.
Kirk Michael Bentz CALIFORNIA
Charlie C Bing TEXAS
DONALD W CURRY TEXAS
Gary Lee Scheffe TEXAS
Gerrod Smith NEW YORK
DOUGLAS SPARKS TEXAS
SCOTT M WEBSTER TENNESSEE
ROBERT W CRITES TEXAS
Mike E Soule MINNESOTA
Michael Lewis Sayers NEW YORK
ENTRIES FOR WORLDS
David Angel United States of America 3.20
Henry Barela United States of America pending
Charlie Bing United States of America 3.20 verified
Charles Brown United States of America 4.21m
Bob Crites United States of America 12-9.00 verified
Reiner Falk-Nagel Germany 3.20 verified
Carlo Andrea Giorgetti Denmark 3.20 verified
Eirikur Kristjan Gissurarson Iceland 4.00
Mark Herman United States of America 11-6.00
Michael Hochderffer United States of America 3.05 verified
Sid Hoff United States of America 11-0.00
Gary Hunter United States of America verified
Russell Jacquet-Acea United States of America 3.10
Sergey Klimov Kazakhstan 3.00m
Ernő Makó Hungary 3.75 verified
Kelly Meares United States of America 3.20
Philip Milliman United States of America 10-4.00 verified
Bob Olsen United States of America NM
Randal Putnam United States of America
Tony Salmon Canada 3.20 verified
Douglas Sparks United States of America 4.10 verified
Michael Spratt France 3.30
Friday, April 22, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Kris and I decided that I would hit the hill/sleds three times a week and keep up the two days of cardio, and only break for one training rotation in prepeartion to vault. I will first try to vault on Saturday, May 7. If that doesn't feel right then I'll wait until the May 28 meet three weeks later. Three weeks after that is National Senior Games and three weeks after that are Worlds. So equal three week rotations before vaulitng gives me a chance to continue to improve physicially.
Unfortunately to vault at a high level with the smallest chance of injury, you need to be fresh so that means you have to skip or scale back some training. I don't want to stay where I am for the next 12 weeks, I want to continue to improve so that's why this plan will work.
Other changes are going 8,8,6,6 on day one and 6,6,4,4, on my lifting instead of 8,6,4 and 6,4,2. This will allow me to continue to improve instead of just maintaining. IF I were vaulting a lot I would seek to maintain but since I will not vault I need to keep getting stronger and faster.
Two of my next three meets have massive tailwinds so that should get me some big pole experience without having to push my run on the runway. The good thing about that is that if I get in the situation in Sacramento where I need a particular pole I will alrewady know how that feels. Wait a minute - I jumped on every pole I have in Reno. That's my point - I need more experience on them since Reno was my first time ever to be on three of those poles.
Thank you for you support and encouragment. It means the world to me. Bubba
Monday, April 18, 2011
Sunday, April 17, 2011
I had a friend who reads this blog email me that I was missing out on the half of the luck by not picking up ALL pennies, not just the heads up ones. I was informed that these are "Pennies From Heaven" and are thrown by Angels for protection and good luck. Should I really be only picking up the heads up ones? NO!! Lesson learned. Thank you! Have a great Sunday to all of you and thanks for your support. Bubba
PS - My weight was back in striking distance at 171.5 this monring, down from 180.5 on Friday night. Should be back around or just under 170 by Monday morning as planned.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
If you remember I said that I felt that my running posture with a sled is closer to my running posture on the runway with a pole. The theory was sprinting straight up hurt my leg because it wasn't familiar with that posture. I suggested that running with sled would not injure me. In fact, today I was able to run 5 X 50m hill/sleds with no issue at all. It's not like I opened up but I ran faster than I did last week when it flared on my 6th grass 100m at 10%. That just sucks. So I'm excited and relived for this progress. I'll repeat the same on Monday and Wednesday morning and then by Saturday I should be able to up the speed and add some pole drills.
Hope you have a great weekend and thank you for being here. Bubba
Friday, April 15, 2011
PS - I don't know what the deal is with pennies but today I picked up a bright and shiny heads up penny next to where Nancy was sitting at the airport. A few minutes later she noticed one but it was tails up so we left it. About an hour later another passenger noticed yet another shiny heads up penny over by Nancy's seat. Is my life now ruled by the penny?
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
All of this said, I'm back to my regular training as of Saturday and will plan on vaulting once on Saturday, May 7 and then I'm ready to go. I have a meet on May 28, and then National Senior Games on Monday, June 20, followed by Worlds on Wednesday June 13. I really think the plan is perfect and I will be ready.
BUT - if I'm wrong then I'll know Saturday and major adjustments will be needed. Have a great day and thanks for being here. Bubba
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
My body HURTS from lack of activity so I'll probably find the gym and do a few easy things today just to knock off the rust. Later I'll post my game plan for training. I even had a dream about "my penny" last night as I do see this next phase as the lead up to the big event. I'm real sure that is will work but have to figure out some of the timing.
Have a great day and more later. Bubba
PS - Thanks to my good friend Ken Stone of masterstrack.com for helping me with this spacing problem.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
First, if anyone can tell me how I lost my paragraph spacing in "Blogger" please let me know so I don't have to use bullet points to separate paragraphs or thoughts. Thanks!
Heading out of town tomorrow and will be back Friday so this has always been a planned phase break where I have no intention of doing even a single workout. This will give all little dings and annoyances a chance to go away. When I get back I will be ready to roll on my ramp up to National Senior Games and the World Masters Championships.
I've reviewed and revamped my workouts and feel very confident in the path. I will continue to update the blog while I'm gone and fill you in on some of my reasoning and why my past history says it will work. Until then, have a great Sunday and thanks for your support! Bubba
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Friday, April 8, 2011
- OK, I have three workouts left and I go on a little vacation for five days. When I come back I'll start moving out of the conditioning phase and straddle into the strength power phase again - one rotation of each.
- I'm about to go check out the track and see if they have finished that press box project so I can get my sled, plant box and big pole out. I need to get back to training at the track that I am more familiar with so I can monitor my body better.
- Speaking of my body, I feel about as good and about as strong as is possible for right now. I don't feel my ding at all and my other little annoyances are clearing out as well.
- My vacation is Monday - Friday so that should be just about enough time to clean up any residual issues. Very excited to get back and get training. All the best and have a great day! Bubba
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Friday, April 1, 2011
- I've only vaulted on my cut 4.45/14' 7" poles
- Though I've had tons of height I couldn't find a way to leave up 13'/3.97m in a meet
- The day I did I won my pit in Reno, got indoor PRs of 13' 1 1/2"/4m and 13' 5 1/4"/4.10m
- Got 4th at nationals at 13' - historic competition
- Trained through the winter and have not jumped in practice since October
- Doing off-season type training NOW, in the middle of what should be my outdoor season
- I'll jump maybe 5-6 more times this year, ALL in meets
- As soon as the season is over I start jumping 2-3 days a week working up from my very smallest poles
- I'll run four days a week and lift six and do bars on six to get ready for 2013 when I turn 60