My 2013 Season in Review

JDF9SEPT-4973After taking two weeks off at the end of September, I have already jumped back into training for 2014 and the first week is now behind me. During my time off I took some time to reflect on the last season. Whether I make this public or not, this is something I do every year. Some things are more clear in hindsight than they were at the time and everyone must must learn from these moments in order to continue to improve in the future.

I had just two goals to start out the season. Unlike many athletes, I do not define my goals in terms of how far I want to throw or what place I want to finish. I simply identify what I need to do to get better and then focus on that. After the 2012 season I was physically in the best shape of my life but I couldn’t translate that into the throw. Therefore my first goal was clear: my technique needed to get better. My only other goal related to my priorities for competitions. Rather than trying to hit a peak for the Swiss Championships, I wanted to shift my peak to the Jeux de la Francophonie this year. Having a later peak allowed me more time to prepare and hopefully reach better performances. With those two goals I started out towards the 2013 season.


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5 replies
  1. Jim Haberkorn
    Jim Haberkorn says:

    Amazing, isn’t it, how much of sports takes place between the ears. Thanks for the analysis. A very human season. I hope 2014 goes better for you.

  2. Mj
    Mj says:

    I read somewhere that to throw 70m the athlete need to have at most maximum halftime job.

    If you have decided to make a real try for a start in the EC next year it is not the set, rep, volume, intensity, technique or training system that is the most important.
    Take a year out from work and I’m sure that will be your best return on distance. When will your next chance be to get to a championships. We are not getting younger and the qualification standards are getting higher.
    Btw, it was words from your coach dr. b who said that about work and 70m hammer throw. Listen to him 🙂

  3. tb
    tb says:

    Would you consider shifting to one session per day? Radical, sure, but I would think it would reduce the stress of all the rushing about and context switches during the day in addition to allowing you to lead the life you’ve worked for.

    • Martin
      Martin says:

      I have a few changes I’m
      Implementing, one of which is related to your suggestion. I’ll go into them in my first training update of the season. My balancing work and training isn’t typically the problem. Winter training was great last year. I can still improve it, but the bigger problems came when I tried to add another element in, be it visitors, travel, more work, etc.


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