On the awards stand in Cleveland - L-R is Me (2nd), Gary Hunter (1st) & Doug Osland (3rd). Click to enlarge.
I always kid about me being one of the smallest of the upper level vaulters - Doug Osland is taller than me yet he is standing on a lower podium and of course Gary is bigger too. Photo courtesy of my buddy Carl Huff. BTW - most improved masters vaulters in my age group are Carl and David Angel. Both guys just did a super job this year with their fitness and technique. VERY impressive!
As one door closes another opens. Last season ended Saturday and "next season" starts tomorrow with a light stride/skip/stretch. On Wednesday I will begin my new running and vaulting program at a very low level. I have a lot of work to do to get the written new program in order but will share it with you as I go.
Got three brand new Essx 14' 1" (4.30m) carbon practice poles coming in tomorrow thanks to Essx founder Bruce Caldwell. One pole is made of a special material never before used in a pole. I'm the crash test dummy on this one as it may or may not work. I had the honor of jumping on Bruce's very first FibreSport pole back in the 70's and also the first Essx. Now I'm jumping on a material never vaulted on. CAN'T WAIT!! Bruce says, "hey it may blow up after a few jumps or it may be kryptonite but let's give it a shot." How fun is this?! Have a great evening and thanks for being here. Away we go again. LOTS of new changes to training so I will explain what and why as I go. Bubba