The next four weeks will really let me know what kind of shape I will be in for the early going of the season. I am at training camp right now. So I’ve gotten to see my hammers fly, which has been nice. But I haven’t been lighting the world on fire just yet. Well, to my standards anyway. Dr. B has returned to Kamloops, I will return in a week and a half. Him being gone leaves me in the position to really focus on myself and what we’ve been trying to accomplish lately. Which I’m happy to report has been going very well. I feel like a grown up hammer thrower!
If you remember, we have been experimenting quite a bit with finding the most efficient way I can enter with the hammer. It seems we may have settled on one. I am more connected from the very beginning of the throw. Until the last 4-6 weeks, I was essentially a 3 wind, 3 turner. That’s how inefficient the entry and first turn of my throw was (and has probably always been). Now however, the feeling is a true 2 wind, 4 turn throw. The result is a stronger, more connected throw right from the beginning where every turn builds speed. Growing my orbit. (I will blog about this topic in the coming weeks. For now, check out Martin’s post here. The comments and Derek Evely’s analysis in particular. ) When I do it right, all I feel in the throw is the hammer at the end of my wire. Nothing else. Which is hard to explain, but an incredible feeling. This is basically why in the past, I’ve been so confident and outspoken about what my potential is. I have had far throws and I know what they felt like. Or more to the point, what I wasn’t feeling. After my last year, I’m not as sure if I’ll reach that particular goal. Time will tell.
It has just occurred to me as I write; you know what it feels like? Hammer-Fu. (There it is). Dr. B has been teaching me all the parts of the throw separately. He definitely has a systematic approach to improve your throw over time (a la Pat Morita). None of them are as seemingly arbitrary as “wax on, wax off”, but I think you can see the comparison I’m trying to make. Both Bondarchuk and Mr. Miyagi dispense with massive amounts of wisdom, in as little words as possible. And they wear cool jackets. I’ve had many great feelings independently, but now they are forming as one. And all the bells are going off. This is it. This is what this event is supposed to feel like. Now I’m almost ready for the wicked crane kick to finish the job. Wicked Crane Kick
Without knowing what my shape will be at this time, I’d say I’d love to start the season at, or better than my seasons best from the Olympics last year. The video below is from last week. It was 75.50m. My muscles were a bit shaky in this session, so it’s not as smooth, but the general feel is there.
It is also important to note that hopefully added distance will come with my better understanding of the movement. This isn’t figure skating. I’m not winning any medals because it looks good. Standing as far away from my hammer as possible when it lands, is still the absolute goal.
Source: Kibwé Johnson