Coming into Focus

One of the most difficult aspects of training alone is focusing. I no longer have a coach there that will yell at me after every throw and tell me that I need to push the hammer more. After a long day at the office, it is easy for my mind to wander about my latest work project, what I need to pick up at the grocery store after practice, or even what my next blog post will be about. If I don’t watch out practice will be over before I know it and I will have taken all my throws without really thinking about what I wanted to improve.

The flip side of this difficulty is that once I learned to focus better, it has added a new dimension to my throw. Training alone forces you to be an independent thinker; you cannot just rely on someone else’s input. It forces you make all the small adjustments on your own. All this comes in handy at competitions where you are often separated from coaches and left along with just your thoughts.


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  1. […] I wrote about focus and visualization earlier this month. But Dejan’s point is key to visualization. Picturing a throw is not enough. Picturing a good throw is not enough. You need to picture what you want to do. You need to turn the spotlight on what you want to improve. This is easier said than done since you first have to identify what you want to do and then make sure it is the right thing (for this it helps to find a good cue). If you are working on rhythm, turn the spotlight on the rhythm. If you working on staying low, then turn the spotlight on the lower body. Then repeat until you can do it in real life. […]

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