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Mt. SAC Recap

I made a last-minute trip to compete at the Mt. SAC Relays over the weekend. As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I was originally planning on training through April, but since training had been going so well I decided to fly down to Los Angeles for the Mt. SAC Relays. Mt. SAC always puts on a good meet and it keeps me coming back year after year. They can virtually guarantee good weather, a great facility, an energized crowd, and stellar fields. This year’s meet saw a new world leading mark by Slovakia’s Libor Charfreitag and a new top U.S. mark by my training partner Kibwé Johson. I was also very happy with my results. I placed seventh with a new season’s best of 65.88 meters (216-02). As with my last competition, there were both positives and negatives to take away from the meet, but the positives outweigh the negatives.
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Reflecting On My First Meet

Right now I’m sitting in the Amsterdam airport waiting to catch my flight home to Seattle. The first leg of my flight gave me some time to reflect on yesterday’s competition. While there were positives and negatives from the meet and I may not have thrown as far as I wanted to, I did achieve much of what I wanted. I started the competition with a lot of energy. My first attempt flew out of my hand and landed at 65.75m. Unfortunately, it also landed just outside of the sector, as did my second attempt. After making a few adjustments, I got a legal throw in the third round and improved again in the fourth and fifth rounds before having a questionable foot foul on my final attempt.  My best throw measured 64.72m.
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Update from Arles

There is nothing more satisfying than sleep for the sleep deprived. Food for a hungry man comes in a close second, but the food often pales in comparison to the succulent dishes we create in our minds and overindulgence can quickly turn satisfaction into regret. Sleep, on the other hand, never fails to satisfy. I started Thursday morning with a training session before heading to the airport, where I flew to Marseille (via Amsterdam) and drove another hour to nearby Arles. Once in Arles, I squeezed in another quick workout before grabbing dinner and finally heading to bed. Other than a short nap on the plane ride, I was been awake for nearly 30 straight hours. As soon as my head hit the pillow, I was out cold and couldn’t have been happier.
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Counting Down the Days

The indoor track season is heating up, and it’s is making me anxious to start my season too. Yet again this year I’ve had the pleasure of providing news and commentary for the Evergreen Athletic Fund’s CollegeHammer.com and HSHammer.com.  This season has already produced some great results that have been fun to write about.  I’ve spent more time recently working on both sites and our traffic has doubled thanks in part to some great features we’ve posted on my training parter Kibwé Johson, world junior champion Walter Henning of LSU, my friend Brian Richotte, D3 record holder Kevin Becker, Norwegian champion Steffen Nerdal of Memphis, as well as emerging coaches Dave Hahn and Scott Block.
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Schweizer Meisterschaft

Atop the podium at the Swiss National Championships (Photo by Fritz Berger).

Atop the podium at the Swiss National Championships (Photo by Fritz Berger).

This weekend I competed in the Swiss Championships, my last meet of the season. Despite a tumultuous up and down year, I was able to win my first Swiss Championships by a convincing margin of more than 7 meters. My good friend and teammate Roland Widmer took second place.
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Heading to Croatia

I’m leaving tomorrow on a flight to Croatia. My time here in Germany has been fun, but I’m ready to compete again and that leads me to Croatia. I got a small taste of competition again this week in Saarbrücken, where I threw a new season’s best and the top mark in Switzerland for the year. However, the weather was still inclement and I reverted back to some old technical flaws that I’ve recently fixed. All said, I know I can do much better as my more important competitions approach and I’m looking forward to the chance to prove myself once again.
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Training Camp in Saarbrücken

Since Norway, I’ve been busy training again. I feel the most comfortable in the ring when I have had consistent training, so I felt it was best to get a few solid weeks of training after several weeks in a row of competitions. I’ve been training again outside Saarbrücken, Germany with coach Christoph Sahner‘s training group and also house sitting for my sister in nearby Ramstein. In training, I have been feeling better than I have all season, and have consistently thrown some good marks. I also feel like I’m in the best shape of my life. I’m lighter than I have been in nearly five years, but feel as strong and powerful as I’ve ever been. I’ll get a better idea of how things are going on Wednesday when I compete at a small local meet.
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European Team Championships, 1st League

I was speaking with Swiss National Javelin Coach Terry McHugh last night and he said something along the lines of this concerning yesterday’s competition: when I come out to watch the Olympic Champion and silver medalist, I expect there to be some huge throws … that was the furthest thing from what happened. I competed today for the Swiss National Team at the European Team Championships (ETCH), 1st League competition in Bergen, Norway.  The ETCH is a scored competitions where each send one athlete in each event. In order to make the competition more exciting, some new rules were tried this year. For the throws, each of the twelve athletes were given two attempts, with the top six getting a third attempt and the top four getting a final fourth attempt.
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Win at the Swiss Club Championships

Throwing at the Swiss Club Championships (photo by Fritz Berger)

Throwing at the Swiss Club Championships (photo by Fritz Berger)

With a team comprised of a mixture very young and aging athletes, my club (ST Bern) entered today’s Swiss Club Championships with one main goal: don’t get relegated.  The premiere league has eight teams and each season the bottom team is replaced by the winner of the second division.  We were able to escape relegation this year by placing sixth.  One more year in the top league will give us a good opportunity to develop the young athletes into leading roles on the team.  Hopefully we will ascend once again to the top of the Swiss rankings.
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Fraenkisch-Crumbach Results

Competitors at the Sparkassen Hammerwurf-Meeting

Competitors at the Sparkassen Hammerwurf Meeting

This morning I competed at the 7th Annual Sparkassen Hammerwurf Meeting in Fränkisch-Crumbach, Germany.  My result was representative of how this season has been going for me so far.  I threw only 61.05 meters (video below), which by my records is my worst result since September of 2005. My technique actually felt the best it has in any competition so far this year.  I had only one foul and was able to keep a low center of gravity in all my turns.  While I was not hitting the release very well, I still was doing so better than I have been lately.  So why the poor result?  Perhaps it was the early morning competition time, perhaps it was jet lag, perhaps it was the cool weather, perhaps it was nerves … who knows.  In any case, I’m not that happy with it.  I had big expectations for this season since it is the first time in my life that I’ve really had a coach and the time I wanted to train.  I know I can do better than this and it is frustrating not to be able to reach the potential I have shown in training this spring.
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