Under the Tuscan Sun (and Clouds)

As I mentioned earlier this month, I started working with former Swiss hammer throw record holder Samuele Dazio so that I could get some in-person feedback on technique. In the first month of working with him, I had already made some progress despite only working with him for a session or two at a time. This week I travelled with him and his club, Virtus Locarno, for a week-long training camp in Marina di Peitrasanta, Italy.
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April Training Update

With temperatures reaching 25º C (77º F) in Zürich over the weekend, it’s hard to believe I have to wait another month for the season to start. It feels like summer has already arrived. But when I talk with my friends in Kamloops and Seattle I realize that summer has definitely not arrived. That’s good since another month will give me more time to fine-tune my technique. My finaceé is out of town for a few weeks, which has give me more time to party focus on this task.

Former Swiss record holder Samuele Dazio.

I spent some of the extra time visiting coach Samuele Dazio on Friday in Ticino. I first met with Dazio at the Swiss Athletics Hammer Workshop in March. Immediately he gave me some fresh ideas on how to improve my technique. Since then we have remained in contact and I hope to visit him once or twice a month in the future. Bondarchuk continues to write my training programs, but is has been difficult to work on technique without him watching me in person. I thought it would be easier since I also trained away from him while I was in law school, but what I forgot is that even in law school I visited him for a few days each month. I need those few days. As much as I think email, YouTube and self-coaching can improve my technique, there is no replacement for someone watching you and giving instant feedback. Dazio was an accomplished thrower himself and coaches the same basics principles as Bondarchuk, so it has been a great match.
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