The Long & Winding Road!
Careful not to push it because I have the Masters Pole Vault Symposium in 10 days, I'm shocked when on my 2nd 40m stride, I suddenly feel like my right hamstring is about to cramp. I spent the rest of the session at 40-50% in protection mode, after comfortably running 70-85% over the last few practices. No clue where this came from and if it's even anything to worry about.
I'll see how I feel on Sunday's running, but right now I don't think I should vault at the symposium. I'm gaining so much momentum that I hate to risk a setback for something that really doesn't matter. Stay tuned. Thanks for checking in on me. Bubba
On my last post I said I would share the last song I heard before I walked on the the field for World Masters in South Africa in 1997. That meet was a huge challenge because I had strained my hamstring just 22 days before the competition. Strangely, I pulled it again during the meet on my first jump clearance at 4m/13' 1 1/2". It popped right when I left the ground but I cleared the bar.
Somehow that jump hung on for the bronze medal, my first world championship medal. Twelve years later in 2009 I won the World Masters Games with the same height, then a meet record by 1'/30cm, which still stands today, 8 years later.
The song was Van Halen's, "Aftershock", played here on the John Stewart Show in 1995 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZkWJnI9kcs