The last time I was in Ashland, I had a conversation with Jud about being anxious for this season to get underway.
I’ll tell you why. Call it bad luck, or poor timing, it doesn’t really matter. What’s done is done, and I’m excited to see if I can finally continue with what I started in 2011. The point where this starts is June 23, 2011. I threw 80.31m for a new PB in Eugene. In that competition my nervous system state was the best it had ever been to that date, but my coordination state was poor. This resulted in throws that hit the ground that were still 75-76m, and a PB. All with less than desirable technique. This was the first time I had something tangible about what I thought my potential was. I always knew I could throw 80. How far beyond, I just couldn’t confidently say and feel like I was being honest with myself.
What I’ve got going for me now is I’m back to feeling as good as I’ve ever felt. Technique is continuing to progress, and my reaction might actually be more precise now than it was before it got crazy last year. After not having a reaction for about 12 weeks in the spring of 2012, it’s so nice to see my body now reacting like it should.
All that being said, this is an important year. It’s important for my psyche to know for sure that last season was exactly what it was. Bad timing. I’m beginning to brim with anticipation for the season to get going and chase the opportunity to surpass that potential. In the midst of last season, I thought perhaps I’d never get back on track, but I’m so thankful that it seems I may be. Although, I haven’t thrown outside in months, so you never know, maybe I’m wrong. But I doubt it.
Can’t wait for 2013.
Source: Kibwé Johnson