I’m wondering aloud if I am now one of those veterans I’ve frequently heard about. The ones that throw a certain, seemingly ‘short’ distance in training relative to competition. It seems the trend lately in the hammer is for one or two of the medalist at the championship that year to have shortened seasons, only focusing on the major championship. Where they then produce that fantastic result. I began writing this blog last night, unaware that Martin had written one on “Finding the right Rhythm“, which he published today. I’ll get to why I bring that up.
I suppose this is just a part of growing up in the event, being more mature. And knowing unequivocally that you don’t need to throw far every throw, every day. I had grown accustomed to training at, or above 74m on a daily basis. That kind of consistency hasn’t come back around yet. Therefore, taking the energy level down as far as needed in order to achieve technical success is indeed, ok. That is what makes a good training session. Not the result. Results are for competition. As mentioned in Martin’s blog, This is where finding your rhythm comes in. Depending on what your physical state is that day, your optimum rhythm may be well below your personal best. Theoretically, your rhythm should never change regardless of weight thrown or effort level. What changes is the effort level that allows you to complete the most maximum throw possible.
Check this video out that Kevin Becker made a couple years ago showing the rhythm of my 12kg and 6kg throw.
Bondarchuk has made several jokes this season about me being an “old man”, but I’m not so quick to concede that, I’m just hitting my stride! Now obviously I need to go through the season and see what happens. The 2011 season wasn’t that long go, and I averaged 77m over I think 17 competitions. But things have changed in my life since then. Meaning, traveling everywhere, competing often and being away for weeks at a time isn’t quite as feasible. I’ll miss my girls too much. So if I gotta be one of those guys who focuses on only the major championship, so be it.
Source: Kibwé Johnson