Do you see that children? No need to look closer or squint, your eyes don’t deceive you. Yes, that is Sean Busch, aka Buschleague, aka the Imperator, aka the Impervious, aka Juan Carlos Delgado (says my New Mexico driver’s license, long story) writing his FIRST blog entry. Take a moment to savor the occasion, put on some party hats and crack some bubbly! You will have to excuse my year and a half absence from blogging as I’ve been trying hard to fight off a bad of the nerds, a little known disease which includes a tumorous growth from the chest known as a pocket protector and an unsightly swelling of the brain due to extreme engineering. Without further adieu, let’s get on with the blog shall we?
In light of previous blogs, I would like to declare myself the undisputed worldwide IMPERVIOUS of the pole vault as I am the only person bombastic enough to make this claim and the only male vaulter at Umass. Being the black sheep of the track team, I don’t really have someone train with, but I like running sprint workouts with the rest of the team and vaulting 2-3 days a week with the infamous coach Hoogasian. Each week’s workout is a mixed bag of running shenanigans, usually consisting of a bunch of hills, 300, 200, 200 x 2 (like brian said) amongst other sprint workouts, abs and plyos days, and 3 days of lifting a week . Suffice it to say, college track makes you faster and stronger and makes the occasional candid flex-in-the-mirror that much better (shameless!).
The vaulting has been good, but is about to get even better as the festivities are moving indoors for the winter. Christmas came early today as coach Hoogasian hopped off his sleigh with a sack of toys on his back, including some of Patriot’s “cannons” like a 15′ 170 (you can have it back as soon as we’re done, Mariah). Injury free, and full of youthful exuberance(!), I’m ready to test the waters of huge poles and get myself ready for some PRs indoors. The vault is now coming to the forefront of my training as I’ve spent most of the fall focusing on increasing my speed and refining my stride in anticipation of the winter.
Vaulting here has really made me miss all of you Patriot vaulters, as the experience is totally different now. Instead of getting to hang out for two and a half hours just vaulting and watching other vaulters, I have significantly less time to “chill” and I really need to condense my workouts to fit in my schedule. Also, I miss having the opportunity to mentor all you little cherubs and the rewarding, intangible sensation it gives me. The older vaulters I know tend to be really set in their ways and don’t react the same way to observations that you guys do. It has been nice, however, to give pointers to the “pro” (quoting “Mind Warp”) Kristin Bakinowski and watch her blast off.
Seeing as I’m getting a little verbose and my fingers are tired from all this typing, I think it’s about time to wrap it up. Thank you to all who have read this (if anyone actually DID read this) and i hope to write again. One last thing, if you want to stay aliiiiiiiiiive BE COOL ABOUT FIIIIIIIIRE SAFETY (be cool!)