The last chapter has finally been read and my body can’t thank me enough. My mind would love another shot at throwing the hammer but the story must end. The past two weekends I competed in two small club meets here in Great Britain. The first one was in Mansfield and the second one was in Hull.
The meet in Mansfield was a pretty poor showing on my part. Going into the meet my body really was not feeling like throwing. To make matters worse the wind was relentless which made it pretty cold. I could not keep warm but I figured if I took some Excedrin all would be better… not the case. The caffeine hit me and I was ready to go but not in a good way. I was shaky/shivering from the caffeine and the cold. The combination of the two makes throwing pretty difficult. To add to the situation the ring was the slowest ring I have every thrown from in my life. Slow rings are not my favorite especially when caffeine is running through my veins:) I ended the competition with the shortest throw of the season but happy to get out of the cold and come off my caffeine high.
Yesterday I competed in Hull, my last meet of the year. The week prior to the meet my practices had been going great. My throw/technique was making a last minute appearance! I was finally starting to feel what coach has wanted me to feel since the meet in Tucson…heel on 3 and 4. The hammers were not flying to far but I figured a meet would take care of the distance. Needless to say yesterday was better then Mansfield but I did not come close to my goal that I had set out for myself. I threw 66.00 meters/ 216.ft, better but still not what I wanted. My technique was their on most the throws but the power factor was not. My goal while I was competing in Europe was to throw what it would take to make finals at the World Championships and the Olympics. I came close but not close enough.
I end the season look forward to next. I may not have thrown the distance that I wanted, but I have ended the year where I want to be technically.
Overall Great Britain has been great to me. Both Jean and Shaun Pickering have opened up their homes to me and I am very thankful for their hospitality. Lee Valley and Loughborough have also been kind enough to train at their amazing facilities. I would also like to thank everyone that helped run the club meets that I threw in…Throwsfest, Bedford, Mansfield and Hull. You all did an amazing job and I cannot thank you enough.
Amsterdam is next on my list and I head over there today. I am looking forward to the sights and exploring a new town.
Hope everyone enjoyed the little Q & A I had with the USATF Foundation. They are all amazing people and I cannot thank them enough for all the support they have given me.
Until next time…