Monday, December 29, 2014

Same Old!!

Photo from Reno last year at 11'6"/3.51m on a cut 1465 Essx Recoil Advanced.  Trying to decide what poles to take this year.  We jump two weeks from Friday.

Two HARD days!  Couldn't jump Sunday as it was way too cold with a head wind.  All lifting, running and bars are getting better.  Have a great day!  Bubba

Oingo Boingo - "Just Another Day" -

Friday, December 26, 2014

Carry On!!

So I'm just back in the swing enough that everything feels dead.  Not really sore anymore, just feel weak and dead.  Everything feels hard.  That's life!  That is all!!  Have a great day!  Bubba

Offspring - "Hit That" -

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!!

It's Thursday so it's a jump day. Decided to start on the kid's 1330 to see if my anterior delt was getting better and had no issues at 2 steps.  Once the pole started bending it was really too soft so I went and got my first pole, the 12'4"/3.75m/155.  One take off there and though my arm held up I felt a little signal telling me to be careful so I stopped.  Next time I'll try the 1335 and 1340 and then next Thursday be back on my poles.

In the short and long run it's really pretty good things have worked out as they have.  I've got a good strong training period under me and just about doe with all of the crap feeling that accompanies the first to weeks of hard and consistent training.  I'm grateful!!  Have a great Christmas or whatever holiday you celebrate.  Bubba

ACDC - "For Those About To Rock" -

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Silent Progress!!

I lost the charge cord to my mp3 player.  Ordered a new one when I saw it still had half power left.  It was the wrong one.  Got a serial number and ordered the right one.  It will arrive January 2.  My mp3 went dead three days ago.  What's the big deal? 

My music drives me when I don't have the will to drive me.  That said, it's been a remarkable three days of training focus as I pay attention to every detail of my training.  Solitude became it's own reward.  That said, I was overjoyed to find my "lost" cord today.  Nice lesson though.  Have a great day!  Bubba

Simon & Garfunkel - "Sounds of Silence" -

Monday, December 22, 2014

Easy Rules & Lessons!!

Take your time and don't skip the little stuff.  There are no shortcuts!!  This is what I thought about during today's lifting.  Yesterday my anterior delt (front shoulder muscle) was still not well from the weird take off a week ago.  I stopped after one 2 step jump.  Fine.  France is August 11. 

Message to self - Take your time and get well, then strong, then fast; a little at a time.  During stretching today I realized how long it had been since I had really taken my time and had a good stretch.  If felt so good and maybe "cost me" an extra 10 minutes.  That's better than the 6-8 weeks NOT stretching can cause me when I get a leg injury.  I'm refreshed and excited, but I'm taking my time; one little site at a time.  Have a great day and thank you for checking in.  Bubba

Playing this a little on guitar this morning - ACDC - "Thuderstruck" -

Friday, December 19, 2014

Return to Wor Program!!

Good first hard garage lift since the shoulder injections.  So far so good.  I feel much stronger than I thought I would.  I will embrace the fact that nothing hurts and then pretend t may stay that way for awhile.  Have a wonderful day and thank you so much for your support!  Bubba

Humber Pie - "I Don't need No Doctor" -

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Crawling Back Up!!

Another good but forced break and back to the grind today.  Body felt great.  I'll get one, maybe two training rotations before I try and jump again.  The injections fixed the problems.  The little delt ding the other da is much better but not ready to go.  Very soon now.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!  Bubba

Defiant music that blasted me through training today when I wanted no part of it.  Thank you Linkin Park - "Crawling" -

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Ding, Ding Ding?!

Since I got two injections Monday, today was supposed to be an easy shake out.  Of course that means I'm going to try and jump at a low level.  Unfortunately it was 43 degrees this morning so I waited a little later to go out; 7:30 instead of 6:45.  I thought it might be a tailwind when I left my house, but NO - BIG headwind.  On top of that everything was soaked from our torrential rain.  How's that for a set up for disaster?

On my second 2 step take off, my foot slid across water on the runway and then stopped when it hit a dry spot, thus forcing me to fall into the pole with my step a full 1' out.  I felt a strain on the anterior delt on the left side as my arm pulled down to prevent me from slipping off and landing in the box.  Day over.

I did my ramps up behind the stadium and headed to the gym, again with my hopes and hear dashed.  Another *%&#%$^*(&%#^ DING!!!  In the gym, as I sometimes get, I decided to just go about my business and attack, and only stop if it hurt.  Surprisingly nothing ever hurt.  Did all of my bars and even lifted bench and lats.  NOTHING. 

Considering my delt hurt when I threw my fanny pack in the trunk of the car, yet  could lift without limitation, I think its OK.  But we will see Thursday, when I was originally supposed to try and jump.  have a great Sunday!  Bubba

The great Joe Bonamassa rocking out to ZZ Top & Led Zepplin live -

Tuesday, December 9, 2014


I'm traveling this week and my first stop was Houston where Dr. Rand gave me two injections; one in the shoulder and the other in my leg.  Ultrasound of my leg showed evidence of a muscle tear with a "ball of crap of scar tissue", as he called it, had formed around and in the former tear.  The shot will dissolve the mess and it should be over after eight troubling months.  This scar tissue causes adhesions and every time one breaks, I get set back.  He assured me this would go on forever had we not taken this action.  I'm not surprised.  VERY painful but excited to be done.  Have a great rest of the week and thanks for checking in.  Bubba

Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Scar Tissue" -

Sunday, December 7, 2014

The Insanity Continues!!

Baby Steps!!
Don't you hate it when you take your car to the shop and it won't misbehave for the mechanic like it constantly does for you?  Well, I will be in Houston to see my physician tomorrow about the leg that caused me to frustratingly embrace retirement 15 days ago.  The problem, though a good one, is that I jumped another full session this morning from 3 lefts/6 steps again, and easily made 11'/3.35m on my smallest pole, and felt absolutely nothing.  You may remember I also jumped Thursday.  What's that all about?!

Now I have no shortage of issues I can and will discuss with him, but seemingly the big kahuna has now fixed itself after eight months of me screwing around with it.  The blog post to tell you how I "solved" this would be too long, but suffice it to say if your training hurts you and your event does not, adjust your training.  I have.  Hope you have a wonderful Sunday and thanks so much for your support.  Bubba

Robert Plant - "Big Log" -  Hmm - Plant and Big Log do go together for pole vaulters but I picked this because I'm trying to master in on my guitar.  ;-)

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Foolishness & Sadness!!

Me & My Boy Tuffy - RIP - 12/4/14

Eleven days ago I was devastated and facing certain "retirement" as this inner leg thing again jumped up and bit me out of nowhere.  Coming to a stop after a 20% sled run it just grabbed and stopped me in my tracks.  For the next 4-5 days I limped around the house and avoided training. 

Saturday, the first day of no pain, I was out with the kids and did some walking plants and even a few super easy two step take offs into the pit.  Today I jumped from 3 lefts/6 steps like it never happened.  All I can think is that I must have had some adhesions break loose or something because no muscle heals in 11 days. 

I couldn't walk without a severe limp, yet 11 days later I'm vaulting?!  Stayed on my smallest pole but still easily made 10'6"/3.20m from 3/6 on a pole I usually go 2/4 on.  I'll take it.  Have a great evening and thanks for your support!  Bubba

Metallica - "Seek & Destroy" -