Weight throw to #Portland2016?


Pioneer Square in Downtown Portland, a perfect place for a competition.

This is my first post as part of Martin’s new HMMR media venture! I’m happy to be part of it and hope you all enjoy the benefits of his vision for a one stop shop for training.

Should meet organizers for the world indoor championships add the weight to the program? I think I agree with Martin that it is a good idea. Maybe even a great idea. After the success of the hammer Olympic Trials at the Nike campus, this too is an opportunity to seize in the interest of promoting the sport. I can’t say that I would compete, but the show should go on regardless.
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2013 Season 2.0

Well, I won’t be in Moscow for World Championships. Injury and lack of proper training was too much to overcome. I’m not happy about it, but it’s a part of the game.

But honestly, I wasn’t too mad. I gave my best effort at nationals, and gradually it’s gotten better. I didn’t think it would take three months to heal, but hey…
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So What’s the Plan?

This is officially the start of the last week of training I have to qualify for the Moscow World Championships. The odds are stacked against me. If memory serves me right, I’ve only thrown over 79m twice when it wasn’t a championship scenario with a well thought out peak condition. But with Dr. Bondarchuk, I like my chances.

Because of my hand and subsequent abysmal placing at US championships in June, I am in the position to chase the standard required for the team. I am taking one more opportunity to go after the A standard on July 19 at the BC Championships Jamboree in Kamloops. Honestly, this was the only serious opportunity to try and achieve the standard. A throw in excess of 79m is nothing to scoff at, and I was knowingly in no condition my last two competitions to even sniff that mark. Next friday, I hope to be in at least 77m shape where I could then possibly let will power take over. Read more

Recap: Mt SAC, Ashland Alumni

The difference between these two competitions is a perfect example of what goes on in my training after peak condition.
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The next four weeks will really let me know what kind of shape I will be in for the early going of the season. I am at training camp right now. So I’ve gotten to see my hammers fly, which has been nice. But I haven’t been lighting the world on fire just yet. Well, to my standards anyway. Dr. B has returned to Kamloops, I will return in a week and a half. Him being gone leaves me in the position to really focus on myself and what we’ve been trying to accomplish lately. Which I’m happy to report has been going very well. I feel like a grown up hammer thrower!
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Time Capsule

Today I wrote a post to be saved in my “time capsule”. It’s short term, but you get the point. I will revisit this capsule when the 2013 season is completed and share the goals I set. And most importantly, which ones I met.
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Patiently Impatient

The last time I was in Ashland, I had a conversation with Jud about being anxious for this season to get underway.
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Be a Green Lantern

greenlantern_0[1]Some of you know me well enough to know that I am a comic book/super hero nerd. I can thank my uncle Ed for that. Anyway, one of my favorites when I was a kid and has again reemerged, is Green Lantern. If you don’t know the story, a dude is given a ring from a dying alien that allows him to essentially do anything he can fathom. The stronger his will power, the more powerful he was.
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2013 IAAF Hammer Standards



Approved by IAAF Council – March 2012 and November 2012

• October 1, 2012 to July 29, 2013


A: 79.00 B: 76.00

The standards are higher! No surprise. It was an Olympic year and there were plenty of big throws around the world. Lot’s of those big throws had zero backups. No surprise there either. At this point, it’s to be expected.
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2013 Technical Focus

Last week, I began my fourth program of the season. And things just got real. So I figured it’s a good time to discuss what I’m looking for technically in my throw. For those that are regular readers, you may remember that the last two winters, I’ve been given a program that included 9, 10, and 12k. Not touching a 16# for about two months or so. Specific Strength growth for sure each of those years. Competition weight feels like a 5kg after that program. Does wonders for swag. Dr. B has a theory that the 12 may have impaired my technique last season. I still may get it early next year though. My new program is 9,10, and 7.
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