A Case Study in Ideal Meet Preparation

I have tried several different pre-meet training plans with Bondarchuk, but I think I finally found the right one this week:

  • T minus 4 Days – Train twice (lifting and throwing each session), work a few hours, and then spend six hours sitting on the train.
  • T minus 3 Days – Train twice (lifting and throwing each session)
  • T minus 2 Days – Train twice (lifting and throwing each session)
  • T minus 1 Day – Train twice (lifting and throwing each session), work seven hours, and get a few lingering aches and pains looked at by Mr. Fix-it.
  • Day of competition – Train in the morning at 6:30 am so that you are able to get to an 8:00 am meeting. After training, work six hours.

This was my preparation for Tuesday night’s competition in Olten. If you can’t sense my sarcasm, it was far from the ideal meet preparation. I think it gives a new meaning to the phrase “training through” a competition. The reason I took this approach was because I didn’t decide to compete until four hours before the competition. Despite needing to check to see if the sun would be up early enough for me to train on Tuesday morning, I still hit 65 meters. As the day progressed, I found that I felt surprisingly fresh when I returned to work after lunch. My afternoon training called for throwing the 7.26kg hammer, so I figured I might as well do my training at a competition…at least then I can get an official mark if training goes even better.


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