Looking back at the first month

I’ve been in Kamloops for one month now and my training for the 2009 season is well underway.  So far, everything is going as planned.  I am making quick progress now that I able to train full-time.  My training currently consists of throwing a variety of hammers ranging from the competition 16-pound hammer to the heavy 10-kilogram (22-pound) hammer.  My best progress has been with the heavier hammers.  This week I threw personal bests of 51.70 meters with the 10-kilogram hammer and 61.60 meters with the 8-kilogram hammer.  For the metrically challenged, that is 169’7″ with the 22-pound hammer and 202’1″ with the 17.6-pound hammer.  Based on his years of experience, Dr. Bondarchuk estimates that these results are equivalent to a throw of 67.50 meters in competition, just inches shy of my personal best.  The best part about it is that today is October 2nd and I have another nine months until the season really begins.  With continued progress like I’ve been having, this should be a real break through year.


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