A belated recap of the Doha Diamond League!
I already told you that my travel was super easy! So my body felt pretty good warming up for competition because I’d traveled well and slept even better upon arrival. I also had a great roommate to pass the time with, and got to see Becky a lot, too!
Remember when my javelins disappeared in Monaco? That almost happened again. We were told to check them in two hours before the competition, which Linda and I did, but apparently everyone else’s implements got taken to the track that morning. When we got out to the runway, our javelins weren’t there. Surprise! I grabbed some of the common ones to warm up with, and after Linda handled talking to the officials a bit forcefully, our stuff made it before the competition started. No big deal.
My series didn’t start great, but I had my best attempt on my third throw at 59.97m and was fourth going into finals. I did my best to move up from there, but got passed and ended up sixth. While sixth place is never what I want, I had two 59-meter throws and another one at mid-58m. And those throws were at the end of the series, which is thrilling for me because it means my knee can handle things. I’m looking forward to it holding up even better in the future, and practice since Doha has been encouraging me even more.
My technique at this meet wasn’t fabulous. I was open and didn’t accelerate very well to my left, but got a little better as the competition went on, and have been focusing on these things since. My favorite thing about this meet was the fact that I started feeling competitive rather than careful as the series went on. I missed that feeling, and I’m ecstatic to have it back. Tucson is next!