The ol' take-off (left) knee has been sore as hell for a few weeks now, and I finally decided there's no pushing through it.
What the knee really needs is probably a few weeks' rest, but that just ain't gonna happen -- now or probably ever. I've got Nationals coming up June 19, and I suppose I could rest it until them, but I've got to keep pushing at least a little bit.
Nationals is a pretty big deal.
This is my first time to compete, and I wanna make a good showing. Based on the number of entries in my age group, I've got a chance to finish in the Top 10 nationwide for old guy pole vaulting -- in my first-ever national competition.
That's going to be amazing.
One thing I need to do this summer is sit down and map out a detailed training schedule. There are so many different things to be done in training for the pole vault, and they're all important.
There's actual vault training, which I will be doing two days a week after Nationals. There's weight training, because the stronger you are, the better, in any sports. There's speed training, because in pole vault, speed is "everything." There's core training. There's losing-weight training, because overweight pole vaulters are not real common.
And to wrap it all up, there's be-careful-of-doing-too-much-and-getting- injured training, which is super important for older athletes.
Seven days in a week is not enough time to do everything I need to do.
So that's one of the next things on the agenda -- prioritize and schedule.
Then, stick to the schedule.
You can do the same thing.
Figure out exactly what your fitness goals are, and then set a schedule that will help you achieve those goals.
If you need some help with that, let me know.
I'm ready, willing and able to help.
You can do it.