Thursday, December 27, 2007
Being with family is so important to me, I got to see my brother for the first time since last Christmas. He'll be graduating this May from UNLV, with a double major. Graduation for him, oddly enough on his birthday, hopefully I'll have a chance to see him there. My nephew Khamari is getting so big too. One thing that I was so grateful for was the fact that my mom has seemed a little more happy with everything. I think that it's because she has raised up almost three college graduates and productive members of society on her own. I do believe a major part of her happiness lies with her "beau" Harold Johnson. I am so happy that she has found someone who seems to have only her best interests in mind. Every time we talked, he wanted to talk about bettering her and her life. I've known him for quite a while, his son and I ran track in high school together. I was telling my mom that I remember back in the fall of 1999 when I was a senior in high school, Harold was coaching at South H.S. and he voted me to be on the All-League team. Not even my own high school coach or athletic director did. I lead the State in interceptions with 11 and had over 70 tackles at the safety position, but my own school wouldn't even vote for me, a rival coach did, and that was the only reason I was a part of the All-League team. I don't know why I tend to remember all of the negative things that have happened far more than I remember the positive things, maybe that's what is the driving force behind me. I'm just glad that things in her life are looking good because she deserves it.
This Christmas vacation was the last break I will get for quite a while. Brooks unleashed the beast on us at practice today, which I knew he would, I am down for the count! I need to load up on my protein because I know I'm going to be hurting in the morning.
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO EVERYONE, FROM THE GOOD PEOPLE AT DAVIDOLIVERHURDLES.BLOGSPOT.COM!!
Let's not forget the true meaning for the season. I won't be opening too many presents, but as I have gotten older, I have bought in to what people say all the time: "It's better to give, than to receive". Merry Christmas.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
I didn't pass go, I didn't collect $200 before I was back at the dentist the first morning I was here. We definitely don't need a repeat of last summer when it comes to these teeth. Nothing was wrong though, which is a plus. I have become a poster child in my house in Orlando of not procrastinating on seeing the dentist. Big Aub's mom hit him with the "you remember what happened to David last summer" guilt trip to get him to schedule an appointment.
I'm having a great time hanging out with my family and friends, I hadn't seen my brother since last Christmas, so we've been having a ball. Of course my nephew is getting bigger by the day it seems.
One of the highlights of my trip so far was getting to see my Nuggets in action against the Houston Rockets. K hooked us up with some great seats, it was a hell of a game too. We pulled it out by one point in double overtime. K and his brother DJ were going for the Rockets and had a whole lot to say during the game, but afterwards they had the serious "church mouth" (meaning they were quite for those that don't get it). 'Melo and A.I. are killing this year, all I hope for is that we don't catch a first round exit out of the playoffs again for the fourth straight year.
I plan on getting in two workouts while I'm here, I got one in on Friday and I was hurting. I forgot about this thin air up here. I did the treadmill workout because it was snowing and it was tap out city for me. I plan on getting another one in on Monday.
I don't have too much of anything planned, I'll probably go out tonight, it's a friend of mine from Howard's birthday, so we'll see what's up with that. I've had all my Christmas shopping done for well over a month, so I'm not worried about that either. I'm just going to sit back and enjoy some of this good home cooked food (but not too much), and rest up because it's going to get even more serious out on the track when I get back.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Joel is so sick right now, he said he's about to write a personal letter to the Baltimore Raven's front office demanding the firing of Brian Billick. Everytime he comes to my room, I put on the Miami Dolphins fight song, I have also changed his ringtone on my phone to the fight song.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
The house went out last night and caught Will Smith's new movie "I Am Legend" and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Smith is one of my favorite actors and I like all of his previous material, but when you do a movie, basically by yourself, that's when you know you've made it as a bonafide superstar. I'll give it 5 stars, the only downside was we wanted to hit the 9:00 show, but that show was sold out, we had to wait until 10:10 and we had practice this morning at 10am. 10am is when I'm generally just waking up, I'm so tapped out right now, I thought I would just get this post up before I tapped.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Well with Major League Baseball's release of the Mitchell Report, the shocker has to be the name of Roger Clemens being involved. Roger Clemens is "white" America's superstar in the same sense of Brett Favre in the NFL. Now I am interested to see if the media and the public will take Roger Clemens to town the same way they have Barry Bonds over all these years. Will they want to put an asterix next to Clemens' 300 wins or 4,000 strikeouts? We will see, but I think that somehow this might not get as much attention as Bonds. I say that because as I sit here and watch ESPN, it is being spoken about, but so far there hasn't been massive coverage dedicated solely to Clemens like there was for Bonds. I do firmly believe that there are double standards in American media coverage of athletes. I'm pretty sure that if it was released that it was Barry Bonds instead of Clemens, the media would be KILLING him and condemning him to jail. It is early on, so we shall see if people are asking if Clemens now belongs in the Hall Of Fame or if they try to crucify him as well.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
In only my third day off in the past 2 1/2 weeks of practice, Big Aub and myself decided to head out and go "bust our guns" Call of Duty 4 style. We hit a local gun range and had a fun time out there. We were using Glock 9's, and in the scoring, Aub out pointed me 173-162 in a controversial finish, I'm still protesting the score. We had a great time out there, but I see how Heratio catches those guys on CSI: Miami so easy, with all the gun shot residue and DNA you leave behind.
I'm off again tomorrow, we have a time trial on Friday, so Brooks is giving us some time off to be fully rested for that. The only thing I have planned for tomorrow is to find myself a coat for when I go back to Denver, because it's snowing and freezing out there!
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Anyone who actually thought Ricky Hatton had a shot at defeating Floyd simply falls in to one of three categories: 1) You were watching too much 24/7 on HBO, 2) You're a Floyd Mayweather hater or 3) Both.
I like Mayweather because he is a polarizing figure. I like the flash and the trash talking he does, it's mainly entertainment, but most people don't and they allow that to cloud their judgment when it comes to the battle between the ropes. He said it best when he was on HBO, "I don't put my life on the line everytime I step in the ring just to drive one pickup truck, throw darts and drink beer." I don't blame him because if it were me, I would be enjoying the very finer things in life too.
His performance last night directly relates to what Brooks constantly tells us. Mayweather dominates the critical zone of his fight, the same way Brooks is coaching us to dominate the critical zone in our individual races. When it gets late in the fight, you can see that Floyd is the better conditioned boxer and he executes his game plan the best. If you watched 24/7 on HBO, you could see that Hatton seemed to have a lot of confidence, but at the end of the day, it's not about confidence, it's about competents and no one cares how you feel, it's about execution. Floyd Mayweather demonstrates that above all better than anyone in the game right now.
Brooks also tells us that the best indicatior of future behavior is past behavior. I don't know what people saw in Mayweather's past performances that led them to believe that he couldn't prevent Hatton from attacking his body the same way he neutralized De La Hoya's much ballyhooed jab. I hope that last night is his last fight because people don't want him to stop until someone knocks him out and I hope he goes out on top, that's a privilege that a lot of athletes aren't afforded.
Finally, I hope it's a very long flight home for the Hatton fans back to the England. After they came over here and booed the entire National Anthem, if you didn't have a sense of patriotism when Mayweather knocked Hatton senseless in the 10th, I don't know what's wrong.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Things have been going great lately, training has been moving smoothly, no injuries, but I have had to tap out of practice a couple of times because my shins were bothering me, I know first hand that that's not a problem you want to have long term, so I always call it a day when they flare up. I've had a couple of 'indicator workouts' and I am a little ahead of the pace I was on at this point last season, so that's a plus.
The house has been off the hook too, a lot of comedy there. One of the more recent debates at the house was over the dishes in the kitchen and we had it last night. Let me give you the background on it. Aub and myself always wash the dishes we use as soon as we get done so they don't pile up. Snake and Joel on the other hand do them when they feel. It came to a head because it was getting out of hand and we had to call them to task on it. Snake didn't have very much to say aside from the obligatory "those aren't mine" statement, but Joel, if you know him, you know he's going to want to debate about something, so his argument was basically this, first came the "those aren't mine", then came the "those are Marisa's" (she's been gone for well over two weeks) then the "well I let them pile up because I want to run the dishwasher". Me and Aub then stated that running the dishwasher a lot will run up the utilities bill. Here's the dialog:
Joel: I don't see why we don't just put them in the dishwasher and run it, sometimes I pull out a fork and it still might be dirty.
D.O.: You get dirty stuff out of the dishwasher too.
Aub: Hey, none of us run for the paralympics, we have two hands and two strong biceps to wash the dishes when we use them. Plus I don't think we should be running up the utilities, running the dishwasher is not needed, if there were no dishwasher the dishes would still find a way to get done! (I started dying laughing when he said this)
Joel: Well Aub, you run up more electricity than everybody because your room is bigger than mine and you play Xbox 360 all the time and that is not needed.
(Here comes the funniest, most bass actwards thing I have heard in a while, part 1)
Aub: How do you figure I use more electricity?
Joel: Because your room is bigger, when you turn on the light it has to light up more square-footage in your room than mine!
(I lost it at that point, I was in the living room giving myself cramps I was laughing so hard.)
D.O.: The dishwasher runs up a lot of water as well.
(Here comes the funniest, most bass actwards thing I have heard in a while, part 2)
Joel: Well you and Aub have your own bathroom with a shower, so you guys use up more water.
D.O.: What?! I always thought that rather you take four showers in four different bathrooms or four showers in the same bathroom that it was all the same, what makes this any different?
Joel: Because I own a condo in Ohio, I know.
D.O./Aub: You got it then.
That's just a piece of our most recent conversation, but we went on to debate about when we should change the air conditioning air filter to what temperature the a/c should be on. It's always fun and I can't wait to do it again.
Today, I had a surprise waiting for me after practice, (drum roll please) USADA (U.S. Anti-Doping Agency) was sitting in my living room waiting for me as soon as I walked through the door. I was hoping it was for Aub or Joel, but I knew it was for me. When you see them coming you have already resigned yourself to the fact that you are going to be here for a while. It's sort of like those Snikers commercials, the "Not going anywhere for a while" campaign.
Anyone that knows me, knows I usually will go to the bathroom maybe three, four times an hour sometimes, so I shouldn't have any problems with this. I must have performance anxiety when they come around or something because this drew out for close to two hours.
I had already used the restroom right after leaving the weightroom. The bad thing about it was they came to the track but we had already left to go move some weights around and they neglected to come to the weightroom like they usually do. The guy told me he didn't think we would be in there so he didn't check.
I always come home and want to hop right in the shower after a workout, so as I get ready to get undressed, he came in and told me he had to watch, so I then was like, well, it ain't that type of party so I'll just have to wait. Everything went smoothly after that, add in another debated topic about Snake not having a valid excuse for missing practice today, but I need to send him a thank you card, because if he wasn't at home already, he couldn't have let the USADA people in and they wouldn't have been able to get to me, therefore they would have hit me with another missed test.
Monday, November 19, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
The weekend we had down in the 3-0-5 (Miami area code for the slow ones, LOL!) was great! Had a nice time out on South Beach even though I had one-to-many "Call A Cabs". We had a pretty good time at the game, even thought my Dolphins took another L on the chin (the refs were clearly cheating though!). Aub was happy with the outcome, but he had to walk back to Orlando because I wasn't about to listen to him all the way home on a three hour drive (just joking).
The week of practice isn't quite over for us hurdlers yet as Brooks called a Saturday practice for the real men (110 hurdlers if you don't know). Joel finally made his grand appearance at practice Monday and has been looking good. I tweaked my hamstring again (same one from Osaka) on Monday running some 200's, but I sat down for a couple days and made my return on a day when we were running nine 300s. Maybe I should have rested up another couple of days to get out of that workout! But I'm fine, I found a great massage therapist that I will deal with this season.
My manager Marisa came in town as well and has been hanging out with us for the past few days, it's been great, she's really in to cooking so we have all been eating well. I also want to tell Snake Zilla to keep his head up, your commissary will stay tight while you're up in the bing (inside joke). I'll get back after while.
Another one goes down.
I had a feeling all along that he was a dirty player, but I liked Bonds just for the simple fact that no one else like him. Now he joins the club with Marion Jones, Tim Montgomery et.al. People who never tested positive, but were found guilty. In my head, I'm starting to think, "What am I taking all of these USADA administered drug tests for? Obviously people have found a way to circumvent the system anyway." Now I'm starting to believe that the only way you get caught using performance enhancing drugs (PED's) is if you really didn't know you were doing them or you were just being plain stupid.
Hopefully some type of revelation will come about and everyone using will be caught. At the end of the day, we are professional athletes and we do this to get paid, and it's a shame when someone steals your shine because they are a dirty athlete. I mean, imagine you are an athlete that finished #11 in the World Rankings and you miss out on that top 10 funding from the U.S. Olympic Committee or you finished fourth in the World Championship trails or Olympic trials, only to find out that someone ahead of you has been found to be on PED's! That's money from sponsorships, USOC, etc that you will never be able to recuperate, now you are still eating Hamburger Helper when you could possibly be eating fillet mignon.
I don't think Bonds will serve any jail time, but I hope that he is never allowed to don another MLB uniform again. Although I think the justice system needs to take Major League Baseball to town rather than individual athletes because I have a feeling they knew about the steroid problem going on in baseball the whole time.
Friday, November 9, 2007
Speaking of Aub, he's been on his XBOX 360 pretty hard of late. A new game I guess he's been waiting for called "Call Of Duty 4" came out this week and it's been non-stop action. He pre-ordered the game and was counting down the minutes until he could pick it up. I think there are about 50 track athletes that play it with him too. I don't play video games, but I have hopped on it a couple of times and it seems to be pretty cool. But here's a picture of what he looks like in his room with his XBOX headsets on:
I will get back to you guys later on, hopefully with some good news about us picking up our first win of the season and letting it snowball in to some more second half success!
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
“I thought that I was cool enough in the black world to be able to use that word as a brother to a brother. I’m not. I didn’t really know until three or four days ago what that meant to black people. There’s a special connection that I thought I had between me and black America. And I used to say, ‘I’m black, too.’
“In other words, my whole life I’ve been called a half-breed, a convict, king of the trailer trash, this and that…so when I stood there and said, ‘I kind of know what you feel like, because I’ve been there, too,’ that I felt that I could embrace and like, as brothers…say the word. I now learned I’m not black at all, and I never did it out of hate. This sounds so stupid. I always did it out of love. Other white guys would be like, ‘Boy, who does Dog think he is? Dog can say that.’ And black guys would be with me and walk with me and respect me. So, I went too far with that.”He also went on to say: "All black people in America I owe an apology to, Whether, how dark I think I am, I cannot say that word."
He then decided to take it a little too far by stating he is making a deal to be buried at a historic slave burial ground near first U.S. President George Washington's Mount Vernon home.
"I want to be buried right where they're at because I will never be forgiven as long as I'm alive," Chapman said.
I personally am waiting to hear tomorrow, that he now wants to go and get his skin blackened or he has a rare case of vitiligo after that last statement.
This excuse is far worse than the standard athlete's positive test rebuttal of "I used my teammates vitamin B12 shot" or "I thought it flax seed oil".
He might be selling this as a valid excuse, but I'm not buying it. How in the hell did he think he was black? If you can answer that please feel free to e-mail me with the reasoning. He needs to fire his publicist and get with Michael Richards and Don Imus' image rehabilitators.
He had over five days to formulate his thoughts on what he was going to say and this was the best he could come up with? I could have made something up better than that on the fly.
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
It's a nice 4 bedroom 3 1/2 bath house. Big Aub, Snake Zilla, Dollars & Cents and The King now have a cool spot and its less than 10 minutes to practice too. It's in a new development that was established in late 2006 and it's fully furnished so that was cool.
We have been running in to several problems trying to get things connected wether it is wireless internet, direct tv or utilities. Even going to the local Super Target to get an entertainment center turned in to a fiasco. It took Brighthouse Networks around eight hours to hook up our internet and it took three days for them to hook up our cable, but now everything is all good.
I'm glad that chapter of the off season is closed, but I'm kind of disappointed because I was suppose to go to Cancun this weekend but I had to miss. It's okay, I'm going on vacation this week to St. Lucia. When I get back, I'm hitting on the track for training the next day, off season over, better enjoy this last week.
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
Good news started happening for your boy though. The German hurdler Blaschek, who got the wild card last year based soley on the fact he was German, was not running, and Aries and Liu Xiang pulled out of the race. They were both ahead of me, so I was lead to believe that that in fact elevated me from #9 to the #7 spot and the all important automatic berth.
So I'm feeling good, getting my mind in competition mode and maping out what my plans are going to be for the next couple of days as far as training and warm-up routine etc., then I get on the internet and saw that the IAAF has produced start lists without me in the meet, instead they invited Demedyuk from the Ukraine and Ladji Doucoure from France.
I'm HOT when I see this because according to their selection procedures, they clearly state that the IAAF reserves the right to invite a MAXIMUM of one athlete per event.
Obviously that wasn't the case as TWO were invited by the IAAF, Darold Williamson is experiencing the same confusion right now that I am.
I can't argue the selection of Demedyuk for the meet, he did something I didn't do, made the finals at Worlds and he's run a decent PR this season. Their explanation for Doucoure's selection was he got in because he was the '05 World Champion. That's great and all, but this is 2007 and his credintials THIS season are a little lower than mine. I've beaten him more times this season, my season's best is a tenth of a second faster and I scored more points on the tour than he did. They want us to do all the meets to score points but at the end that wasn't really the deciding factor. What it basically boiled down to was that there were already five Americans in the race and they didn't want another.
I did have the ball in my court to not even have it come to this. I was in four Golden Leagues and like I stated back at Oslo, if I didn't make it to WAF, falling there would be the reason why, and it was. If I would have settled for 3rd place, I would have boosted my score to 66 points and would have been in automatically, but settling for 3rd isn't even a thought to a real athlete.
This is another case of confusion that needs to be clerified to all of the parties involved. I really wanted to run here and it sucks because it always seems like in situations like this, I always get the short end of the stick dating back to high school. To work so hard all season to build up a nice body of work and to have everything nullified by one person is crazy. Needless to say I'm getting out of here first thing in the morning.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
For a while I was here hoping that maybe I would be able to get in to either the Brussels or Berlin Golden League meets at the last minute, but the more I was here, the more happy I was to be competing here. It feels good to be at a meet that is excited to have you come more than anything else. The meeting director Alphons made sure that we were taken care of very well. I did a "Training With The Stars" program with Jamie Nieto, Resse Hoffa, Pate, Bramlett, Koji Murofushi and others for local kids in town the day before comptition and it was a blast. The kids were so happy to see us and be around us, they had a great time and that was the most important thing, so my mission was accomplished.
Now to the race. It didn't go as well as it did for me last year. I ended up running 13.37 and coming second to Robles who killed us with a time of 13.07! It was very cold out too, not like in Linz, but more like Lausanne from earlier this seaason. Andy Turner, my part-time training partner this spring from Great Britian was third in 13.42. Robles time was impressive, but listen to what he did: He didn't get to the track until we were about to run! We all thought he had scratched out of the race. The announcer was conducting lane introductions and was on Robles' lane as he walked out on the track. He still had pillow marks and cold in his eyes! That really messed me up. I looked at Hughes and he was dying laughing! In my head I was thinking "I know he's not about to get out here and run without a warm-up", but yes he did and he smoked the field. He didn't set his blocks he just hopped in the settings that the last person to use the blocks left them in. After the race, he told me he overslept for the race. Maybe I am going about these races the wrong way. But now that performance moves into my #1 spot just ahead of Robles' Linz performance and Allen's 2006 GP Final race.
I'm off to Poland next, I'm still in the running to make it to GP Final this year, I missed out on a lot of points in the past month and a half, missing London and Stockholm because of the tooth issue and not running Brussles or Berlin, but lets just hope that it still works out positive for me in the end.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
1: Robles 13.05
2: Demyiduk 13.32
3: D.O. 13.40
4: Payne 13.51
5: Wignall 13.54
I don't know where I am off to next, but when I know, you'll know.
I have now been in Linz, Austria for a few days now for one of my favorite meets. Its a smaller meet, but the people here treat you like royalty. This meet and Zurich are the two places I have been ever since I turned pro in 2005. The hotel is very nice and the meet is great. We run tonight at 7:45pm, the lane draws areÖ
1: Damian Zlatnar (SLO)
2: Elmar Litnegger (AUT)
3: Dayron Robles (CUB)
4: David Payne (USA)
5: Serghi Demyduk (UKR)
7: Maurice Wignall (JAM)
8: Ron Bramlett (USA)
This might be the first meet I have been to all season that has had this few Americans in the field. It is raining pretty heavy right now and its pretty cold as well, but I still think it will be a great race.
Friday, September 7, 2007
It's of one of my bestfriends and current "House Of Pain" tv star Lance Gross who seems to now be dating former "Top Model" Eva Pigford. Talk about an upgrade! I gotta call him and catch up, I guess I've been gone from the house for a long time. Way to go homeboy! It's funny because we use to talk about her while she was on the show all the time at Howard. Who knows it may be true it may be not.
Anyway, I'm running at 8:45 tonight. I drew lane 2 which is fine, I won the Berlin Golden League last season out of lane 2, so I just need another repeat performance. The lanes are
1: Andreas Kundert (SUI)
3: Anwar Moore (USA)
4: Dayron Robles (CUB)
5: Terrrence Trammell (USA)
6: David Payne (USA)
7: Allen Johnson (USA)
8: Aries Merritt (USA)
9: Ryan Wilson (USA)
Hot race right? What else is new.
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Thursday, August 30, 2007
I'm very disappointed, leading up to the prelim race, I was having some wonderful practices and feeling very prepared, but to have anything distract you, especially at this level, you will get beat.
I am glad that my hamstring is fine, the medical staff are saying that there is nothing structurally wrong with it, there is some inflammation that was causing the discomfort. My range of motion was normal when I was getting worked on before the race. I just lacked the confidence in it I needed to succeed.
Well my World Championships are over, now I will turn my focus to cheering like hell for Terrence and Payne in the final tomorrow night, I hope they take the top two spots in whatever order. I'll continue to get treatment while I'm here to get rid of any symptoms and you will see me run in Zurich!
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
On another note, I can't believe the IAAF cancelled the use of the World Rankings! Now what am I suppose to look at on Tuesdays? Not only that but I now wonder what the powers that be are going to use for our US Olympic Comittee Insurance, The Olympic Jobs Program and our World Rankings Check. But I guess it is what it is.
I'm a big fantasy football fanatic. This season, I'm lining up against 11 of my friends from high school and college, I have no idea how I became a fan of this, but it's addictive. This is my third year playing and I won the first two, so I plan on running my streak to three in a row. My draft is the 25th at noon eastern which means 1am Osaka time. I'm ready too, I've made my draft board up and everything, hopefully I have a top three pick!
Sunday, August 19, 2007
The people here are great, they had a welcome party for us last night where they had cheerleaders and a band perform for us. When we go to do our workouts, there are hundreds of people out there watching us and they have to pay the facility to get in! I had never heard of anything like that before. This has been a great experience thus far and I am very thankful that I was able to perform at USA Championships to make it here, we all know how hard making the team as a 110 hurdler is in the States.
On IAAF they have a fantasy contest for the World Championships at osaka.fantasyathletics.iaaf.org, where you have to choose 10 men and 10 women from 20 different countries. It's pretty hard, but I was able to manage and I made myself a team that's looking pretty unstopable if I must say. It's not final yet but my team consists of:
Women: Isinbeyava (PV), Halkia (400h), Vlasic (HJ), Gomes (TJ), Felicien (100h), Hellebaut (HJ), Obergfoll (JAV), Ostapchuk (SP), Mutola (800) with Veronica Campbell (100,200) the captain of my team.
Men: Murofushi (Hammer), Atkins (100), Liu (110h), Bekele (10,000), Hooker (PV), Pitkamaki (JAV), Saladino (LJ), Alekna (Disc), Kemboi (3,000 Steeple) and you know who's captain of this ship, D.O. (110h)!
Go to the website and sign up, it's something fun to do. Until next time.......
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
The training camp hotel is very nice, from the room you have a view of practically the whole city. But of course the TV action sucks, only CNN in english as usual. I got caught slipping, I knew I should have gotten the Slingbox hooked up while I was at home. I hung out with Brooks for about an hour as well. I only slept for four hours last night but I'm feeling pretty good, Brooks isn't cutting me any slack either, I have practice later on this afternoon.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Saturday, August 4, 2007
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Friday, July 27, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
I had a great day of working out today, got some pop back in my legs. The race is going to be good, I know that Terrence, Ron, Aries and myself are here, but I'm not quite sure who else is running. We have another off day tomorrow before we run Wednesday night, so I'll probably go off in to town early on and hop back in the Mediterreanean at night. THE SOUTH OF FRANCE IS MY LAND, THE EARTH IS MY TURF! HOLLA AT YA BOY!
Sunday, July 22, 2007
For the first round, I was in the second heat, lane 4. I wasn't really firing in the warm-up and was very sluggish. This track has to have the worse lane 4 in the world! It has a serious dip one step into the race. I stumbled out of the hole and ended up kneeing myself in the jaw going over the first hurdle. Aries Merritt was in lane 3, and I always hate it when he's on my immediate left side. For about 5-6 hurdles he was catching my lead arm on my upswing with his lead arm on it's downswing. I ended up winning the heat just barely ahead of him, we ran slow as hell, 13.74-13.75.
Here's where it got crazy. The pain reliever stuff wore off, and with me kneeing myself in the first round, my mouth felt like somebody hit me in the jaw with a pole! I tried to do a little jogging but I was hurting too bad, my plan was to just laid down and put my feet up on a hurdle until they called us to go to the track, but I did a start to the first hurdle that I shouldn't have done. Clenching my teeth coming out caused excrutiating pain, so at this point I couldn't wait for this race to end. I got out to the track, set my blocks and watched everyone else do starts. The final was okay, I got out slow, killed the 7th hurdle and sat on number 10 and ended up coming second place with a time of 13.45, Ron Bramlett won with a 13.44. I didn't warm down, I hopped right on the 10pm shuttle back to the hotel, I was hurting too bad.
I finished eating and went to the room and double-dosed on the medication. All my boys went out to eat at Friday's, but I couldn't make it. I told my mom what was going on and she called my dentist at home in Denver. He got back with her and with all my symptoms, he unleashed the bad news that I need a root canal! I'm going to Monaco later on today, so I will see how the pressure on the airplane is because I can't just hop on an eight plus hour flight, feeeling on the verge of death. I am suppose to get some antibiotics when I get to Monaco to help the pain and the toxins that are in my system. I think I am going to have to go home after the Monaco meet even though I still have a few more competitions left. I have to take care of this problem before World Championships and I have no idea what the recovery time is. I will keep you posted.
Friday, July 20, 2007
As far as the competition goes, we are running a prelim and final here, which is great as far as I'm concerned. I always feel I run better my second race of the day. I'm not sure who's all running here but my boys are here, R.B. Paperstacks (Bramlett), Big Aub (Herring) and Roberto Hugez (Robby), so it'll be a competitive race for sure. I think the time off I have had will bode well for me tomorrow, stay tuned.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Now to the good news. My flight landed in Rome, where my next competition will be, and they had my luggage ready for me!! I felt like it was Christmas. It felt good to shower up and put on a fresh pair of underwear straight out of the washer from the house! But the airlines lost the bag I flew in with from Lausanne, what is going on with these airlines these days?!?! It should be here in the morning though, no harm.
I'm running in the Golden Gala in Rome, the third stop on the IAAF Golden League Circuit. The entrants in the hurdles so far are: Dominique Arnold, Ladji Doucoure, Aries Merritt, Anwar Moore, David Payne, Stanislav Olijars, Anselmo De Silva and myself. It looks hot as usual, I'll keep you posted.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Saturday, July 7, 2007
July 3rd: Didn't get an ounce of sleep after the meet in Athens because our shuttle to the airport was leaving at 3am, flight was cool, hotel was very nice and the meet director really made sure I was taken care of given his prior knowledge of my luggage situation. This was classified as an uneventful day, which is good.
July 4th: Zagreb meet day. Was raining and cold from the time we went to lunch until after we finished running. The warm-up consisted of basically nothing, couldn't do much given the circumstances. I ran 13.61 for fourth with a very helpful wind of +3. something, damn near fell twice, just didn't go very well, but came out unscathed and healthy, but I'm soak and wet and don't have time to let the clothes dry before I'm off to Paris. Classify this as a down day.
July 5th: Woke up feeling a great burst of energy, I'm going back to Paris where my bags should be! Got to Charles-De Gaulle and of course, no luggage. Now I'm pissed again and very, very mad, I thought tears of frustration were going to start rolling, my hopes were SO up that my bag would be there. The rest of the day was very uneventful, but thanks so much for the people at NIKE for bringing me a couple of bags full of clothes and shoes so I could change becaue you know I gotta stay fresh.
July 6th: Paris race day. Felt flat as a board during warm-up. Ran 13.27, got my ass scraped up once again, got fifth. I wasn't too concerned, just techniqued my way through the race. I didn't get out the greatest and I felt like I couldn't switch my gears like normal and make up any ground. The meet was very nice and the crowd was off the hook! I've never heard a crowd get so loud as it did when they called Doucoure's name out, it was electric. Another down day.
July 7th: Woke up and went back to the airport for one last ditch effort at getting some closure on the bag situation. I went back in the luggage area and searched through ALL of the bags to no evail. Then it got worse. Me and a lot of other athletes and managers were catching the train from Paris to Lausanne, so after I spent two hours at the airport, I had to rush back to the hotel and get my stuff so I wouldn't miss the shuttle to the train station. So now we are on the train and I'm having a conversation with Perdita about world travelling, then it dawns on me, I DON'T HAVE MY PASSPORT!!! IT'S UNDER THE WELCOME PACKET ON THE DESK!!! This is easily the dumbest thing I have done in quite some time. Luckily I was with Paul Doyle AKA The Lifesaver of the trip and he called the hotel, found my passport and will have it to me tommorrow afternoon. Dodged a serious bullett. Everything is nice here in Lausanne and I am expecting to run far better here than I did in Paris. I'll keep you posted.
Monday, July 2, 2007
Athens Story: http://www.iaaf.org/GP07/news/Kind=2/newsId=39370.html
p.s. still no word on where my bags are at, it's Day 3
Saturday, June 30, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Friday, June 22, 2007
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Friday, June 15, 2007
I fell on the last hurdle. I haven't fallen since my senior year in college at conference championships. I had a great warm-up and was feeling good. In the race I was step-for-step with Payne, but we know how it ended. Nothing has gone right for me for this meet, whether it was trying to arrive in Oslo, to my nose starting to bleed right in the middle of my warm-up, which took almost a half hour to make it stop, to falling in the race, and now I seem to have lost one of my diamond earrings. I can't wait to go home tomorrow. It was a nice meet and the crowd was great as well, but now its on to U.S. Championships next week. The pendulum has been swing against me hard the past few weeks, but that doesn't last forever.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
2pm: Leave the house for the airport, my original flight is at 3:54pm placing me in Newark at around 6:30 pm for my Oslo flight that leaves at 8:15 local time.
2:45pm: Arrive at my original gate, where it says Delayed until. I was like "Delayed Until? What the hell?" So I ask the women at the gate "How long are we delayed?, I have a short connection for an international flight." She says "Oh no problem, go down to gate 9, they are taking off at 3:30." So she places me on that flight and I head down there thinking I'm straight, so I get on the plane and start talking to a passenger and she says they have been on the plane since around 1:30, I was like 1:30! That's some straight b.s., but the pilot got on the mic and said that they are going to release us at 4pm, so I'm feeling good. Obviously that didn't happen.
3pm-7pm: We sit on the plane, half the time at the gate and the other half on the runway, and as a surprise to myself, I am actually remaining pretty calm. I guess it was reading this good book I found called "2nd Chance" by James Patterson. We taxi back off the runway to the gate and de-plane. As I'm walking to get re booked, they make an announcement saying all flight have been released, but that does me no good because there is only one flight per day leaving to Oslo from Newark, so I missed the connection anyway.
7:30pm: Got re-booked for the flight tomorrow, the woman at the gate tells me the flight to Oslo from Newark is booked full. I tell her "I run track professionally and I have a meet in Oslo and I have to be there immediately. Not making it there could cost me upwards of $16,000!" She then was like "Oh my goodness, we have to get you there!" So she upgraded me to first class for the flight tomorrow. Finally a perk from using running track! I guess all things won't end up so bad, even though I'd rather be there in the morning then on Thursday morning, but you have to play the cards you are dealt. My flight tomorrow is at 1pm, so we'll see what happens.
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Sunday, June 3, 2007
Bad race from my standpoint, but a hell of a race from a fans view, so I'll post it up.
Lane 1: Wignall 13.54
Lane 2: Moore 13.34
Lane 3: Arnold FS
Lane 4: Trammell 12.95
Lane 5: Liu 12.92
Lane 6: Payne 13.15
Lane 7: Merritt 13.20
Lane 8: Oliver 13.28
Lane 9: Wilson 13.02
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Friday, May 25, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Monday, May 21, 2007
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
I was just surfing around on YouTube and came across the commercial we shot last October in Shanghai. The Nike people said they were going to send us a copy, I'm going to have to call somebody! It's not like you see much of us anyway, I get a good shot in around the 39, 40 second mark. It was a great time nonetheless.