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An example of position analysis from a post back in 2011.

May Training Update

Back when I was throwing at the University of Washington my season was almost over by this point in the year. Rather than having thrown in just one meet, my season had only one or two meets left. Here in Switzerland, on the other hand, I still feel like my season has yet to begin and I’m getting a little impatient since all the men I used to train with in Kamloops threw new personal bests last weekend: Kibwe Johnson became the first American in a decade to break 80 meters and now ranks third in the world; Michael Letterlough improved his Cayman national record; and Ryan Jensen broke 60 meters for the first time. But, since our national championships are not until August, I keep reminding myself that there is no need to start as early as I did in North America.

In the meantime I just continue to train. I finished a 12 week training program last weekend and am now entering a two to three week rest phase. Of course, the term “rest” needs to come with a clarification since Dr. Bondarchuk’s version of “rest” is not the standard English definition. In other words, it is the only rest phase where you’ll be training three or more hours a day. The reason this new phase is called “rest” is because I will not spend any time in the weight room. Instead, I focus on just throwing and doing lots of kettlebell exercises. This rest period is needed after every normal training period so that the training progress made can start to transfer over into results. Training always has a delayed effect: if you are improving rapidly, it is likely due to exercises you completed last month or earlier. Even without the weight room, the simple change in exercises has worn me out and left me with some sore muscles to start the week. But at least I have a competition on the horizon. I was supposed to compete at Halle last weekend, where Betty Heidler set a new women’s world record, but that fell through. Instead I am going to Forbach, France on Sunday to compete against another stellar field with five men over 74 meters.

The Best Track and Field Blogs

It’s been two and a half years since I started writing about my training on this thing called the interweb. Since then, many other track and field athletes have also started their own websites. Now, there are so many blogs that it can be hard to decide which ones are worth the read. Some are updated often and some rarely. Some provide a superficial look at the athlete, while others are more personal or contain detailed accounts of training. Below is a collection of my favorite sites across all the events. If I leave out any great blogs, feel free to add them in the comments below.

Off to Arizona

I just returned from the UW Law School Alumni Dinner where I had the pleasure of dining with D. Wayne Gittinger and his wife Anne. Both have been gracious enough to give me a generous scholarship this year. Without the scholarship, I am not sure I would be able to take time off next year to focus on my training. I just wanted to take a moment to thank them once again.

An update on my training partners

The past few weeks have also been good for my training partners up in Kamloops. Sultana Frizell took second place at the Mt. SAC relays and set a new Canadian record of 69.37m (227-07). At just 23 years old, she has a great career ahead of her. Another good friend, Michael Letterlough, has set two national records in the past two weeks for his native Cayman Islands. On Saturday, Mike extended his personal best of 60.66m (199-00) at the Kamloops Spring Throws Competition. You can view video of that throw here.

Winter is Coming

The past few weeks of training have been great. I am starting to hit my stride and am way ahead of where I was last time this year. In training over Thanksgiving weekend, I threw approximately 205 feet. For comparison’s sake, I did not throw that far in training last season until February. I also spent this last weekend up in Kamloops. Winter has come on quickly and it was a chilly 8 degrees fahrenheit on Saturday morning with a wind chill factor of minus 4 degrees. Luckily we threw indoors that morning, where coach Bondarchuk was also impressed with my progress. To get an idea of what the weather is like, check out my teammate Mike Letterlough’s recent blog post.