I am crossing my fingers but I think that my body has finally adjusted to the time change!!! YAY!!! Like I said in my last blog, Jet Lag is difficult! You never know how your body is going to react, at least I have yet to figure it out.
My first hammer meet was this past Sunday at the McCain UK Throwsfest. It was a small affair but a great start to the tour of Europe. I ended up throwing 65.97m ( 216.4ft) and was pretty consistent around the 65 meter mark. My body felt pretty good, just a little tight from the plane ride. The next morning I was off to Sweden for the Gothenburg Grand Prix.
This meeting was a little larger in scale and had a few more hammer throwers in the mix. I arrived to the hotel around midnight and quickly hit the hay. On the way in I could tell that Sweden was a beautiful country. I could see the outline of trees and the reflection of the lakes. I woke up in the morning to the surprise that I was in the middle of the city with no trees and no lake, just building. After breakfast and a quick chat with some of my fellow track friends I was off to explore the city and try to find the same beauty I thought I had found on my way in. The city was beautiful in its own right. Their were little parks all around, beautiful churches and the building were unique to American building. On my exploration of the city I also found a little turf field were I did a quick little warm up to get the blood flowing in the body.
After lunch and a “quick” nap (more like 2 hours 🙂 it was time to head to the track. Now sometimes I do not pay full attention to important details, like shuttle times. The shuttle were on a rolling schedule with no set times between 4pm and 6pm. Since the hammer started at 8pm, I figured that I would head over to the track at 6:30pm. I failed to realize that the shuttles stopped at 8pm. I assumed that they were going until at least the middle of the meet since the last race was at 9:30ish. Like I said before, I did not pay attention to the details but lucky enough their was a shuttle driver that had to come back to the hotel to pick something up. He saw me staying outside the hotel looking lost and let me know that the last shuttle was at 8pm. He ended up giving me a ride to the track but not after let me know over and over again that the shuttle stopped at 8pm and that it said it on the meet info. sheet. I tried to explain to him that I mis-understood the details but he was not having it.
After I got to the track I then remember that I left my phone back at the hotel. My phone acts as my watch and now I had no idea what time it was. Luckily their were clocks all around. I watch Becky Breisch throw a few throws in the discus, then it was off to warm-up for the hammer.
Going into the meet my body felt pretty good. I figured that I had enough explosiveness to get through the meet but I was wrong. My warm-up throws felt great and all my throws during the competition felt amazing but I could not for the life of me put power on the ball. I ended up throwing 65.77m( 215.7ft) and placing 2nd. I was a little pissed after the meet because I could not get the hammer to flying. I then realized that it was my third in Europe and my body hit the dreaded ” 3rd day jet lag fatigue”; that is what my coach calls it. I called coach that night and let him know what had happened and he assured me that I will be fine and that the next meet will be great!
So now I am waiting until Sunday for my next meeting in Bedford, UK. Today I am going to have a quick little practice out at Lee Valley where my coach, Dan Pfaff, coaches. Tomorrow I plan on heading into London to do some sightseeing and hopeful meet up with some more track buddies. The London Diamond League meet is happening this weekend, Friday and Saturday! I hope to get a ticket but my chances are looking a little slim. BBC will be televising the track meet so if all else fails I can watch it on TV.
Hope everyone had a great weekend!