I went to an event in San Antonio last week and did not ride well. I am not entered in any events this weekend, but I plan on getting on practice bulls every day.
It is not fun having to start from square one, but I think it will be good for me. Ninety percent of this game is mental, but the physical part definitely carries into it. I think it is just going to help me whenever I get back on tour. In the long run, I think having to work back up from the beginning is the best way to do it.
I have been traveling a lot with Markus Mariluch and Jarrod Craig. It is fun going to bull ridings with your buddies, but it's a lot more fun when you are winning. That's when the stories start coming out.
Getting back into traveling to the different events is the easy part. It's the bull riding that I am having trouble getting a hang of. It is a pretty tough sport.
With the bull riding experience that I have, I wouldn't necessarily say I have become a mentor to some of the younger guys, but a lot of guys have been staying at my house, not necessarily because of me, but because of the location, and the ability to get on practice bulls and work out every day. That is all that we have been doing - wake up in the morning, eat breakfast, go ride bulls, work out, play basketball and buck bulls again. I am looking forward to getting back into the Built Ford Tough Series, and I am working my tail off to get there.
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