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European Tour 2009

I arrived in Zürich today to begin my ten week European comeptition season.  I will only be here for a few days before heading off to competitions in Fränkisch-Crumbach (Germany), St. Pölten (Austria), Bern (Switzerland), and Bergen (Norway) in June.  My schedule for July is not yet finalized, but I will likely be doing a competition or two in the former Yugoslovia before returning to Zurich for the Swiss Championships on August 1st.  A complete schedule is can be found on the site. Right now, I’m just focused on recovering from the tiring flight so that I can set a new season’s best on Sunday.
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The Season is Underway

I’ve had my first few competitions of the season this month. With the start of the season has come a lot of excitement and a lot of frustration. To start off, I traveled to competed at the Sun Angel Classic in Tempe, Arizona and the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, California. Entering those meets, I was in great shape and ready throw far. Really far. I was coming off of personal bests in training with the heavy 9-kilogram and 10-kilogram hammers. But when the meet day came around, I ran into foul trouble. All the training with the heavy hammers had affected my rhythm with the 7.26-kilogram (16-pound) hammer. I tossed all of my attempts out of the sector at the Sun Angel Classic and only managed to keep a few easy throws in at Mt. SAC. While the fouls were far, they didn’t count and left me scratching my head and wondering “what if”.
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European Cup First League

I arrived in Europe last week. I spent the first few days in Bern, Switzerland with my friend and teammate Roland Widmer. Luckily, I was able to adjust to the time zone change with relatively little jet lag. I traveled to Istanbul, Turkey for my first competition last Saturday.
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Done with school!

I turned in my last paper law school paper today. It was a rewarding feeling to hand in my last assignment as a law student. While I am not officially done with school (I still have to complete a trial tomorrow for my internship), all of my classwork has been completed. I received my diploma on Sunday and will be fleeing the country immediately to participate in the European Cup for Switzerland. Leading up to the meet, training hasn’t been going as well as I had expected. However, with school out of the way, things should be smoother now. It is such a relief. Now the only thing between me and my law license is the bar exam.
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And the Season Begins

As the temperatures climbed to the mid-70s in Seattle yesterday, I started my season at the PLU Invitational. In front of a strong showing of friends and family, I threw 66.47m (218’1″) to place second behind my friend Adam Midles. I was somewhat surprised and very happy with this result. I’ve only had one meet better than this in my career, and that was last year’s NCAA Championships. My mark was also much further than my first competition last season (to see how this compares to last season, you can look at my results). To make things even better, I was very consistent. I had two throws over 216 feet and another two over 214 feet.
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