I have ended the year on a good note. Coach Bondarchuk reduced my training volume to approximately 25 percent of its normal level this week. The extra rest has paid off. Today I threw 61 meters (200-00) with the heavy 8-kilogram (17.6-pound) hammer. That is little more than one foot off of my personal best with that weight. Add in six more months of training, a little warmer weather, and the adrenaline of competition, and hopefully some good throws will result in 2009.
This post is long overdue. The American Bar Association’s Student Lawyer magazine published an article about me back in their May 2008 edition. I forgot to post the link at the time since I was busy with law school exams.
I turned in my last paper law school paper today. It was a rewarding feeling to hand in my last assignment as a law student. While I am not officially done with school (I still have to complete a trial tomorrow for my internship), all of my classwork has been completed. I received my diploma on Sunday and will be fleeing the country immediately to participate in the European Cup for Switzerland. Leading up to the meet, training hasn’t been going as well as I had expected. However, with school out of the way, things should be smoother now. It is such a relief. Now the only thing between me and my law license is the bar exam.
When I started law school, I had just one goal: to try to be successful both academically and athletically. I met this goal. I have been successful at both, and rarely did one come in the way of the either. But recently, things have changed a little. We just finished another quarter of law school a few weeks ago in which I had a 20-credit course load and had four three-hour exams on consecutive days. Needless to say, both the amount of time I spent training and the amount of time I spent sleeping declined near the end of the last quarter. As a result, my training results hit a speed bump. However, I am still optimistic about this season. While some people travel to Mexico for spring break, I drove up to Kamloops and spent the week training hard with my coach and was able to make up for lost time. My first competition of the season is rapidly approaching, so I’ll soon be able to see the results of my off-season training.
I took my last final of the quarter on Friday and am already in Kamloops training. It is great to get away from things for a few days. Things were getting hectic last week and I had some of my worst days of practice this season. After 24 hours with Coach Bondarchuk, my throwing feels as good as ever. I don’t think I have ever been as consistent technically as I have been over the past few days. Coach Bondarchuk was also impressed and said I look very powerful and my technique was solid. Unfortunately, I am throwing inside, so I have no idea how far I am throwing. I’ll keep you all updated once I get to measure some throws.
In order to keep everyone updated on how my training and life are progressing, I will regularly update this section of my webpage. I returned from working abroad at the end of September and immediately began training for next season. This quarter of school has been hectic, but things are beginning to calm down and I am beginning to get into my normal routine again. Luckily, although busy, my schedule is also flexible now and it has allowed me to travel to Kamloops, British Columbia to visit my coach three times during October. I have not been able to travel up there since April, so it was nice to see their new indoor throwing facility. Coach Bondarchuk currently has me throwing light implements and doing general training to get back into shape before starting more intense training during November.