This week has been busy with two small competitions in the past three days. It has been hard for me to find good meets lately since there is a small break in the European schedule when most countries have their national championships. Switzerland and Germany will have their championships next weekend, France is this weekend, and Italy was last weekend. Even without the conflicts, there are not many good hammer competitions. While I had lined up a competition in Hungary for this weekend, the plans fell through (unfortunately after I bought my plane ticket). Instead, I found a few local “all-comers” type meets to throw in. While I trained through both meets, it has been several weeks since my last competition and I wanted to find one more meet before the Swiss Championships.
My first meet was in Olten, a small town mostly town as a transportation hub since it is located approximately 30 minutes from Zurich, Basel, Luzern, and Bern. I’ve competed at this meet before and wanted to return. Unfortunately, so did many others. With 22 competitors, the competition dragged on for more than two hours. My first two throws felt great, but were sector fouls and by the time I adjusted my technique, I was out of energy from the long day and threw just 62.32m.
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