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Episode 42: World Indoors (with Adam Nelson)

This week’s episode Nick and I are together for the first time and recording from the floor of the Oregon Convention Center at the World Indoor Track and Field Championships. We give some feedback on the meet and our observations on coaching during competitions. Then special guest Olympic gold medalist Adam Nelson joins us to give us his thoughts on the competition. Read more

Competition – The Essence of Sport

Records are not the essence of sport, competition is. A bold and broad statement so let me explain. The more emphasis on an incessant search for world records only encourages athletes to dope. Read more

Ask Martin Vol. 30: Throwing Tactics

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Question: I’m doing my PE A-level coursework at the moment and I have to come up with three good and bad tactical strategies. If you can help me it would be appreciated. -Jake Read more

Lessons Learned From Beijing: Kibwé’s Reflections

I just got back from the World Championships and put a few thoughts together on my experience there for Throwholics yesterday. You can also read it below. For some of my thoughts heading into the championships you can also check out my last post. Read more

When Good Enough is Not Enough

One of the things I love about living in Switzerland is the respect for quality over quantity. This is in stark contrast to growing up in America. In working at most large US law firms, compensation is tied to the amount of hours an associate bills rather than the quality of their work. In Switzerland the mentality is more that a satisified employee will produce the best work. Weekends are respected, most people take at least a month of vacation a year, and all nighters are much more rare. The result is 3% unemployment, low taxes, and one of the most affluent countries in the world. In this case there is no need to do more than the status quo. In fact doing more would only make things worse by reducing both productivity and quality of life. Doing good enough, that is maintaining the status quo, is not just enough but the best response in the situation. Read more

Episode 4: Peak Time

With the post-season in full swing for high school and universities, it is a great time to talk about meet preparation and peaking. This episode starts off by discussion different ways to approach the days leading into a competition as well as mental preparation for meets. We then turn to the larger topic of peaking and compare both traditional approaches and discuss Bondarchuk’s method of tapering. Read more

A Grand Solution

A week and a half ago I went on a major rant about how poorly the throws are treated and how the majority of coaching in the throws at the high school level is very poor. However, I did not go over what could be a solution. I put a lot of thought into how we as a throwing community could rectify each and every problem we have experienced at a meet and this is what I came up with. Read more

5 Things to Remember as the Outdoor Season Begins

The outdoor season is upon us. High Schools and colleges have started their first outdoor competitions. Even the Europeans, who start their season later, have completed their first round of meets with Pawel Fajdek emerging as the first 80-meter hammer thrower of the season last weekend. This is the time of the year that marks the transition to the final phase of the season. This phase may last just six more weeks for some athletes, but it is the most important of the year. Below is a list of five things throwers in any event should keep in mind as they start out down the home stretch. Read more

The State of Track and Field

I have been thinking a lot about this since our meet this afternoon. I am a bit worried about the sport I am so passionate about and particularly the events I am so passionate about. Read more

New Lessons in the Weight Throw

First lets back up. Kamloops has an annual indoor meet called the Van Wryswick Invitational. This year it was on Valentine’s Day weekend and the weight happened to be contested just as we were finishing our second session of the day. Bondarchuk thought it’d be fun if we competed. I threw a result that led me to believe I could make some money at USA Indoors. So I went to Boston! Read more