The difference between these two competitions is a perfect example of what goes on in my training after peak condition.
I initially wrote almost immediately after I competed. Once again, due to this blog being very therapeutic and a part of my training process, I’ve rewritten most of it since then with a decidedly more positive outlook. It was one of the most frustrating competitions of my entire life. Due to the potential of what I was in shape to throw. But shit happens..
The Saturday before Mt SAC, I injured my right hand on a throw. Received treatment, found out I put the lunate bone out of place. For those who don’t know (I didn’t), the lunate is basically the keystone in the group of bones that form the ‘tunnel’ that carpal tunnel sufferers experience. With carpal tunnel, the bones flatten out, instead of the normal position. That’s what mine did as well.
How did I fix it:
The amazing training staff at CVOTC was great. My hand was massaged, adjusted, iced and taped everyday leading into the competition. This doesn’t mean the pain wasn’t great. The furthest I threw all week was 55m (180′ 5″) with the competition weight. Once my guy told me structurally everything was fine and I could not do any more harm, my entire outlook on the competition changed. It just became a matter of “can I deal”. Which Immediately brought me back to my years of football mentality, so I felt good.
The weather was perfect, as it is just about every year. In warm ups my body felt fantastic. There was no doubt I was in peak condition. My first throw I hooked and gave the left sector tree a nice little trim. My second throw was NOT max effort. I was still sizing up the durability of my hand on that throw. It was 76.28m (250′ 3″) which moved me to 7th on the world list they said. It was then I knew my hand would hold up and I had about 2-3 more meters in me by adding a little more speed to my second wind and entry. I went for that third throw, I wanted a new world lead. Something I have never had the pleasure of holding. And I fell! I believe that was a first in competition for me. Then lightening struck twice and on my fourth I fell again! Nothing you can do but laugh that mess off. But laughing it off doesn’t dismiss the frustration of the missed opportunity.
I am a professional, and as such, I hold my self to a standard of achieving what I’m capable of each and every competition.
Whether that is 74m (242′ 9″) or 81m (265′ 8″). 76.28m (250′ 3″) was below what I was capable of that day. Depending on where my state is at, I expect to throw what I know I can. So falling short of that pisses me off like no other. Ultimately, the result isn’t what matters, it’s how I felt doing it.
All that frustrating stuff being said, it was the best opener ever for me I think. Which is also a double edged sword. Hearing “oh, it’s early”, or “it’s late” is like nails on a chalk board for me. The time of year does not matter as long as I’ve got time to get the sessions I need to reach peak condition, you will see a PB from me or damn close to one. But it was World Champs ‘B’ standard. Also, I’ve received some validation that I am indeed feeling more like I did in 2011 or better. I’ve been very cautious about my goals personally and publicly so far this season, just waiting to see with my own two eyes that last year was exactly what I knew it was.
Over the years, we’ve come to recognize that my body has two states we wish to avoid on meet day:
Great state. Bad coordination.
Example: Just like today in Ashland. Body feels good, charged with energy. But things are shaky in the ring. Technical feel is different. Hitting the ground is a common occurrence when my body feels this way. Result = miserable, marred by inconsistency, with one or two possible glimpses of “decent”. (73.54m (241′ 3″) today)
Bad state. Great coordination.
Example: Like Kawasaki last year. Technique feels spot on. Sometimes the best ever. Very consistent. All throws usually within a meter and a half. Yet best result = miserable. These days are sooo fun. Thankfully it doesn’t happen very often. We want to compete when these two meet in the middle, or as close as possible (obviously). Having the volume of throws and the consistent reactions to different situations is a good thing. I just gotta take the bad with the good. Knowing the good is always there when it needs to be.
Today I had two sector fouls and 3 others that hit the ground while turning, including my best on the day. One sector foul was ~75.30m (247′) , which I only mention because it’s eerily similar to how I felt and threw at Ashland Alumni in 2011. Looking back to my 2011 training log, I threw 75.27m (246′ 11″) at the Alumni feeling exactly how I felt today. Got some good training and proper planning in and at my next competition, I threw my first career throw over 80m (262′ 5″) of 80.09m (262′ 9″) in Brazil May 18th. That’s what I’ll be looking for in my next competition, which also happens to be May 18 again. I’ve said it before, I should be smarter about competing when I know I’ll at least be in decent shape. It’s a luxury and I’m fortunate to have Dr. B in my corner to prepare me for season or personal bests when it matters most. Which has happened every single major championship since USA’s in 2010. I’m so very thankful for that. But sometimes it is more important to compete and be amongst friends and the younger athletes as they have great days and personal bests. So congrats to all the men today who had personal bests!
Back to the grind. Adios!