Wednesday, October 22, 2014


I made the strange and counterintuitive decision today to try and vault.  Why not?  I thought I restrained my left leg just a week ago today, and have no idea if my delt is healed enough to vault.  Might as well try to add a month to my rehab clock.

In actuality I was hearing the words of my orthopedic surgeon telling me that if my training injured me, but my vaulting didn't, then I needed to make a change.  If my vaulting inured me and my training didn't, then I need to  make a change.  So I figured I might as well see if I can vault.

The answer is kind of.  I took some easy take offs into a big headwind and then put a bar up at 9'6"/2.90m and made it by a mile.  Felt it a tiny bit in my leg and a tiny bit in my delt.  I stopped uninjured and now I will train for a month and vault next on Thanksgiving Day.  I

t's a lot easier to train when you know you can vault, then when you're hoping to get well enough to vault.  I'll take it.  Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.  Bubba

Van Halen - "Right Now" -

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Storm Before the Quiet?!

Introspection for me sometimes comes from silence and solitude, so let's start here - Supertramp - "Even in the Quietest Moments" -

Then I realized that my training is just fine the way it's been.  It's one old thing and two "new" things that are causing me issues.  With this back jam, the space between a couple of vertebrae are fully functional but have less clearance than they did on the left side, so a couple of old standby stretches had to go. 

As far as new things, one stretch, meant to solve problem #1, has actually caused trauma to the inner leg muscle I keep straining, so it's now out. 

Finally, I used to get groin injuries from the quick twitch of the legs until I started using ankle weights and running for rhythm and not speed.  From that I suddenly got faster.  So no surprise I got a wake up call on my leg on Wednesday from no ankle weights. They will be back now for all running.

Update - the leg is minimal and the delt/shoulder ding is gone.  How's that for a fast recovery?  Have a great day and thanks for checking in!  Bubba

Great defiance song to get me through workout and life today - Metallica - "No Remorse" -

Thursday, October 16, 2014

1st Steps or Cemetery Gates?!

Today during my hardcore upper lifting I heard Pantera's, "Cemetery Gates" - and realized the cruel symbolism in my life.  I'm starting over with first steps in nearly every place in my life and many times it literally feels hopeless.  I've made huge leaps of faith in hopes that hard work, experience and guts get me through but who the hell knows?  We will see how it goes.  Right now I give it 50/50 at best; life or "Cemetery Gates".  Bubba

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Starting Over Again!!

Ran 4 X 100 fast and felt great.  The first of 4 X 50m I felt a little grab in the very same spot on the inside of my left leg I have been injured with for six weeks.  Don't think it's bad but back to the drawing board.  Clearly I have lost my base conditioning and need to start over.  I'm super strong and super fast but my body can no longer take these bursts.  Need to totally revisit base conditioning.  Already started in the gym.  Bubba

Motley Crue - "Kickstart My Heart" -

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Learning?! Resume Play?

I took the week off to give my shoulder/deltoid a chance to get on the road to being healed.  I've turned small dings into injuries so I thought I would be cautious. 

So I'm getting ready to go run yesterday and my right Achilles is really sore and achy - out of the blue.  I've had two Achilles surgeries, to the LEFT one.  NEVER anything with the right one.  I run 1X100 very slowly and it's not good.  Then I take about 10 steps on the next one and quit.  Last night I took two Meloxicam (RX strength generic Aleve), rubbed in some liquid anti-inflammatory and today it's suddenly 95% better.  Must have been a weird sleeping position.

I went to the gym this morning, did light legs and hung on the high bar.  Will resume full training on Wednesday after a full 10 day break.  Very excited to get rolling again.  Have a great Sunday!  Bubba

Living Colour - "Cult of Personality" -

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Another Setback!!

I jumped in the Nevada Senior Games today and by all measures, to most people's view, it would be fair to say it seemed to be a complete disaster.  I took my smallest poles and was going to start real low to protect me leg.  That's the only good news of the day; my leg felt awesome from all of the running and lifting.

I made 10' easy from 2 lefts/4 steps from 22' in warm up twice.  Both Don and Brad told me the pole was way too small.  I took one on the next pole and it felt about right so I sat and waited to jump.  The fact that the 2nd pole worked from 2/4 was a big surprise since it's normally a little big from that run.  Everything is looking and feeling awesome at this point.

As the bar creeped up I decided to start at 10' rather than 9'6".  I was a little afraid the 1st pole would be too little, and the 2nd one might make me press, so I decided to move back to 3/6/33' and move up a pole.  The 3rd pole is a big pole from 3/6 but I felt good so why not.  I have made both 11'6" and 11'8" on it so 10' should be a "easy safety" jump.

My 1st of two free "run-throughs" without the bar felt good, and my 2nd one I nailed the jump and went straight up the pole.  The bar goes up, I punch my left hand up and squeeze and crank back and drive my left leg up the pole.  Though I cleared it by 2', I got a little strain in the top of my shoulder when I punched my hand up.  Just like that my day was over. S&%T!!!  ONE JUMP!!

So I'm NOT happy but on the other hand, I have not lifted upper for over two weeks because I was letting this little rotator cuff clear up.  I did not feel the rotator cuff at all so that's good.  My plan was to come back from this meet and start ramping my upper lifts back up from zero.  I have had a ton of success by ramping up from zero with my vaults (twice a week before this ding), my running, my leg lifts and my bars.  The only thing left to overhaul was my upper lifting which I was about to start anyway.  Now it has to wait two weeks, but I will continue alternating sleds and grass running every other day, leg lifts, etc.

Bottom line is I would have preferred this not happen.  But I'm thrilled with my speed, leg strength and technique.  The reason I am is because I have already done to them what I am about to do to my upper lifts.  Thanks for hanging in there with me!  Bubba

Agitation today?  Yes!!  Limp Bizkit - "Break Stuff" -