Sunday, May 24, 2015

Not Optimal!!

It's never optimal to miss a week of training, but I traveled all week and then did 1/2 of our house move yesterday.  Somehow I felt remarkably fast and strong and I'll take that any day. I'm home this entire week so I will get a ton done.  Have a great Sunday!  Bubba

Metallica - "For Whom the Bell Tolls" -

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Getting There!!

Great four day training cycle.  No vaulting but hardcore lift, bars and sleds.  Really took a step forward this week.  It's a good thing because this will be a busy week.  Fortunately, I now need the break.  Thanks for your support!  Bubba

The incredible musicianship of the Winery Dogs - "Hopeless" -  Thanks to my buddy Dean "The Machine" Gregory for introducing me to the band, and going with me to see them.  Fast recovery from your back surgery Deano!  Love you Brutha!!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

At it Again!!

Meeting in LA at 1:30, plus rain on the way means no vaulting today. Good thing as I wanted to watch my left hamstring a little. Felt it a bit on sled #1 but never again from 2-10.  Good hard quality training all around.  Getting out early so I don't feel rushed is the key.  Thanks so much for being here!  I'm trying really hard to stay on track.  Bubba

Winery Dogs - "I'm No Angel" -

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Getting Tougher!!

Sorry but I've lost my ability to post photos and don't have the time to figure out why right now.

Had a good two days of lifting and then went out to jump this morning. Felt pretty good but on jump 3 and 4 I felt just a hint of a left hamstring twinge so I stopped.  Hate it but it's needed.  I'm doing the best I can to play pole vaulter but it's a big juggle with all of this business and travel.  My gut feeling says I should just do what I can and not worry about it.  I would just stop for awhile but I remember how hard it is to get back. 

Momma said there will be days like this and here's another.  I love you mom and miss you terribly!  If you have your mom with you let her know how you feel often.  I did and it makes it a lot easier now that she's gone.  I feel like she's still with me though it's been 6 years.  All the best!  Bubba

Sammy Hagar - "There's Only One Way to Rock" -

Friday, May 8, 2015

Grunt Work!!

Great friend and many time WR and national champion, Gary Hunter says that because of his work schedule, he must focus on intensity.  Because of my work schedule, I'm going to try and do the same. 

Gary says he has 45 minutes max, whereas I normally spend 90 minutes.  Today I lifted heavier with a little more stretching in between.  Hoping that works.  Have a great day and thanks for checking in.  Bubba

Blue Cheer - "Summertime Blues" on American Bandstand with Dick Clark in 1968, a classic -

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Fighting Through Rain!!

I knew we had a threat of rain but for awhile it looked really nice.  After lunch it started to get bad fast so I rushed out and tried to get a vault session out of the way.  Of course when you do that you have errors.

It was starting to rain pretty hard during my 2 and 4 step takeoffs, and then got kind of nice for a few jumps. About jump #5 it started coming down in buckets, so I got #5 and 6 in and got out of there.  By the time the pit was covered and the poles were out away I was soaked.  Oh well.   I'll give it another shot Sunday. Have a great evening!  Bubba

PS - 11'/3.35m from 3 lefts/6 steps/33' run/10m, and once from 4/8/43'.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Grunt Work!!

Just what I needed today - sleds, legs, and bars!!  Have a great Sunday and thanks for your support!  Bubba

Candlebox - "You" -

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Late Saturday Update!!

After my lift and stretch this morning, I was preparing to go out and vault tomorrow. Change of plans.  I went out this afternoon and jumped.  I really want a full 10 X sleds day and a hard leg/bar lift day tomorrow.  My other concern was if there is a big headwind tomorrow morning like there was today, I'd have to wait until the afternoon to do the long workout.  So I jumped today and will hit the rest hard tomorrow morning.

I was super careful on my run, but jumped 11'/3.35m easily from my 3 left/33'/10m run.  I got to my 4th pole (of a 9 pole series) from that run for the first time in awhile.  It felt so much easier than six weeks ago when I upped my protein and food.  Now I wake up at about 164 instead of 158.  I feel like I might have a shot to have a decent year after all.  Have a great evening  and thanks for checking in.  Bubba


I'm in the unique position to see an idea I created for a healthcare management services company, blossom into the largest deal I have ever participated in my career.  My work has only begun, as myself and my physician and executive partners embark on scaling the operation into a massive company.  To say this cuts into my training time, and mental availability, is a drastic understatement. That said, if the program works as planned, in a few short years I can do nothing but vault and train if I choose. ;-)

I'm hitting the training and vaulting as hard as I can on my four day rotation. I need this for my own sanity.  What's interesting is that the time I am spending is not much different than what I have spent the last few years.  I'm confident I can still compete at a high level, but probably I have to accept I may not be in a position to medal in France. That's OK for now.

Example - yesterday I'm setting the garage up to lift and my partner texts me to see if I can be on a conference call regarding lab services with six people on the call.  No problem I say, "When"?  IN TWO MINUTES is the answer!!!  An hour and a half later I'm done but so was my window to finish my lifting.  So I do most of it this morning, but not too much since I want to vault tomorrow.  This will continue to be a frustrating challenge, but in the long run, I can't miss the opportunity of a lifetime. Have a great day!  Bubba

Aerosmith  "Dream On" -