Sunday, August 23, 2015

Good Place?

I think I'm in a good place but I'll know more later today and in the morning.  First vault day yesterday since my hip injection, followed today by 10 X stadium ramps with light ankle weights, hard abs/bars and leg lifts.  If any flare is remaining it will come back on me in the next 24 hours.  I'm guessing I'll be OK but we'll see.

My partner comes in Tuesday so that gives me a hard lift day tomorrow and then nothing until I try to jump again on Friday.  We'll see what happens but right now I'm pretty pleased with the progress.  Thanks for all of your support and friendship over the years. I appreciate it beyond words!  Bubba

Chickenfoot - "Down the Drain" -

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Return to the Sky!!

As I train to move forward, I've been semi contemplating when I might try and vault again.  My hip feels OK but I wanted to be at a higher level of running and strength then when I last jumped.

I've got my partner in town on Tuesday, and I leave Saturday for a business trip, so why not jump with the kids this morning?  That would give me a good running, bars and leg lifting day tomorrow, and a big upper lift on Monday.

Result?  Headwind!  Four total jumps from 3 strides / 6 steps or 33'/10m run length, all clearances, four different poles - 9'6"/3.90m, 10'/3.05m, 10'6"/3.20m, 11'/3.35m.  The last jump was higher than the 3rd place bronze medal at last week's world championships in Lyon, France.  In a meet I'm from 6 strides / 12 steps.  Today I'm from 3/6.

I'll take it.  Great start!  Thanks for checking in as always!  Bubba

Van Halen - "Right Now" -

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Starting Over - Kind Of!!

I've been ramping up this rebuild for a bit now and I feel like I'm making progress, though slowly as the photo above indicates.  I was never out of shape, just too long in the maintenance mode to be able to advance again.  Now I'm working to advance. 

My hip was "there" as I walked around throughout the day from Sunday's practice, but no after ill effects.  I tried a couple of hills by my house today but they didn't work. Too steep for someone with two Achilles surgeries under my belt.  I'm set now with how my running will go.  Anyway I didn't feel my hip on my running attempts today, so hopefully that's the end of that.

Haven't really decided when I should try to jump, but I figure another month ought to put me easily ahead of where I was physically when I last jumped.  I also think my extended stretching will help.  I'll give it a shot.  Thanks for your support as always!  Bubba

Megadeth - "Angry Again" -

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Back From Vacation!!

Who Knows At This Point
First day to run since my shot. 11 days ago.  Felt fine but two hours later I'm feeling it a little.  Not too worried about it.  I felt strong on all of my other lifts and bars.  With eight days of running in front of me I'm excited to make some more focused progress.  Have a wonderful Sunday and thanks for your support!  Bubba

Alter Bridge - "Addicted to Pain" -

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Rollin' On to My Baseline!!

I've had three really good lifting days with one left before my "vacation".  I'm really pleased at where I am in my progress towards getting started on a real program I can keep.  Thanks for your support!  Bubba

PS - Word from Lyon is that superstar and the "Masters Bubka", Wolfgang Ritte is hurt and will not jump.  Happens to the best of us.

Motorhead - "Ace of Spades" -

Friday, August 7, 2015

Darkest Before the Dawn!!

Life has been throwing me some serious business, personal and physical issues, some or many of my own doing.  I take risks so I have great success and sometimes great failure.  I call it life.  So what else is new? 

Found out Tuesday that I have a small tear in my left hip (tensor fascia late).  My irritation was from the tendon rolling over a small bone spur.  So as bad as this sounds, I'm back to full speed in 10 days.  Unfortunately world championships are in four days. So I'm going to Maui Tuesday, the day I'm supposed to jump at worlds, and reset and reboot everything.

I decided a few weeks ago to make a move now to getting ready to return to elite training and jumping.  A review of my business travel indicates that we are highly successful moving deals along with our face to face visits.  That said, the delay between the visit and the actual start date is longer that I believe it should be.  The answer - don't travel until they are ready to start.

THIS puts me at home more and I can get more done.  Vaulting is not such the huge part of my life that training to vault is.  But if I train to vault, then when I do I'm actually at a pretty high level.  Example, I jumped 12' 1/2" in February and that finishes the year 2nd in the US (4th in the world), and was first until two weeks ago.  And that was with half assed training.  As the Jefferson's say, time to move on up.  Have a great day and thanks for being here!  Bubba

Linkin Park - "Numb" -

Saturday, August 1, 2015

I'm Baaaack!!

Tuesday I'm supposed to be on a plane to France, but instead I'm on a plane to Houston to get my hip injected for a nagging little tendonitis.  On top of that, my insane work travel has kept me in maintenance mode at best.

So why am I back?  For some reason I feel the need to commit to vaulting big and that requires accountability.  I'll start keeping a training log again and reporting here when I have significant things to report.

First up, get ready for Reno.  I've got six months to turn my maintenance into growth again and I'm excited to do it.  Thanks for being here!  Bubba

Bad Company - "Bad Company" -