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Hack Man’s Finals

The video is long, but it’s the culmination of 6 months of work:

Yes, it’s been 6 months since I began the Homie Hole Series Project: To use footbag to recover from chronic left ankle injury and general left-side neuromuscular problems. Here’s a graph of the last 6 months of recovery work:

After making this kind of progress over the winter and into spring, I though it would be fitting to share a “Finals” test with the rest of Mizzou students. I arbitrarily made up a scoring system for the format I’ve used to motivate myself and keep track of recovery progress:

Hack Man’s Finals consist of 4 test sections, worth a total of 400 points. Tests and scoring shall be as follows:

*** 2 hour time limit to complete all sections ***

Section 1: Complete a rally of 1,000 consecutive kicks, FIRST TRY. Official competition rules. One attempt only, finals must start with this test. 5 points is scored for each 100 kicks, plus 50 points for successful completion of rally. 5 point bonus for completing rally in under 9 minutes, 10 point bonus for sub 8:30 time.

Section 2: Longest string of 3-add or higher tricks. Unlimited attempts within total time limit. Each consecutive trick above 20 scores 5 points. 110 point total limit (i.e. 42 tricks would max score, allowance for 10 bonus points).

Section 3: Longest string of 2-add or higher tricks. Unlimited attempts within total time limit. Each consecutive trick above 25 scores 4 points, 110 point total limit (i.e. 53 tricks would max score, allowance for 10 bonus points).

Section 4: Consecutive alternating toe kicks. Limit 3 attempts. 1/2 point for each kick below 100, one point for each kick above 100. 110 point limit (rally of 160 maxes score, allowance for 10 bonus points).

NOTE: This is a very stringent test, even for the Hack Man. I have aced each section of this test at least twice in previous sessions, but have never aced all four sections in a single session. Over the last 10 sessions, I have averaged a score of about 335, barely a B+.


Then, I went and put myself to the test. I did well! I Both Aced and Bonused 3 of 4 sections, with an 8:23 1,000 first rally, an Ace+Bonus rally of 42 3-adders, and a new Personal Best of 56 2-adders. But, I kinda blew the toes, only getting 110 on that section, scoring just 60 points. Still, an overall test score of 390/400. A solid A!

However, now that the test is over, I need to move on. I believe I’ve pushed the “contact count” concept as far as it’s reasonable to. It’s time to turn my attention to variety. My current 3-add game is Butterfly, Osis, Refraction, Paradox Mirage, Whirl, and Drifter, and drifter is only halfway there. I’d like to get back to doing blenders, torques, and more, and add those ducks & dives & a few other things too.

Problem is, I’m not sure how to get there, except to keep going at it.

Now that summer is here, I find myself falling back into my old kicking habits: Fewer sessions, for longer periods of time. I can tell it hurts my ankle more to do it like this. I can tell it hurts my knees more to do it like this. I can tell the more frequent shorter sessions are better for me from a physical therapy standpoint.

But I go outside, in public, when it’s good weather. When I’m out in public, I just can’t quit! I go until I wear myself out. Public sessions mean significant setup and strike time, too; I want to maximize kicking to prep/strike time. Then there’s the clothing issue; in weather like this, even a 30 minute session completely saturates a set of clothes.

Lots of reasons it’s a PITA to kick more shorter sessions in the summer. But, I think I’m going to have to find a way. I think it’s what I need to optimize my my health. It’s just… I love to go out and kick in public!

Oh well, thanks for tuning in!

The Sunday Before Finals Week

Warm day on the Weekend? Hack Man on Speakers Circle!

I got to use my new MIZ and ZOU black & gold Abshire footbags.ZOU got best 3+ string with 17, but Threepeat, my red/blue bag, stole the show with the nearly 2-minute rally above. I kicked for a total of 1:45, and felt good at the end.

Catching up on the Scoreboard:

  •    9th – 30 min – (no vid) – 16×2, 16×3, 75 toes
  • 10th – 30 min – (no vid) – 23×2, 17×3, 113 toes
  • 11th – 30 min – (no vid) – 17×2, 13×3, 181 toes
  • 12th – 30 min – (no vid) – 15×2, 14×3, 91 toes, 352 1st rally
  • 14th – 1:45 – Preparing for Finals (above)

That’s 3:45 added to the previous 68:15, and…


I can tell the near-nightly 30 minute sessions have boosted my strength a bit. I can feel it riding my bike. I felt it kicking on Speakers Circle. My ankle continues to improve; sometimes it and my foot feel almost downright normal. My back still feels a bit tweaky but no slippage or major pain during the latest session on the circle. But now, of course, my other ankle seems to have start hurting a bit.

I’m how many years old again? Between biking, hiking, and footbag, I’ve put well over 100 Million duty cycles on each hip, knee, ankle, and foot. That’s a lot. Sometimes I feel like I’m just wearing out. Wish I could just install new parts.

Not sure when I’ll get outdoors again.  But, I’m already looking forward to the day the Hack Man can make his Springtime Bloom on Speakers Circle again!

Thanks for tuning in,