Ask Justin and Coach Denard questions in the discussion thread.
In world of giants and titans a short, stout boy raised on the farmlands of Ohio is on a quest from a being a 14m 18-year old shot putter to a philosophical sportsman of which the world has rarely seen.
Zylstra: Were you satisfied with your training in 2013?
Rodhe: No, I was not satisfied with my training structure/schedule nor the specific execution of it. I was however, extremely satisfied with my training and competitive results.
Zylstra: What goals have you set for 2014?
Rodhe: I want to achieve maximum healing for my injured adductor and develop my competitive level back to where it was pre-injury (March 2013). I would like to win the Canadian Championships [Moncton NB, June 27-29] and Commonwealth Games [Glasgow Scotland, July 27-Aug 2].
Zylstra: What are your long term athletic goals?
Rodhe: To achieve a sportsman level which surpasses every expectation or imagination devised by myself or any outside viewers.
Zylstra: What are your long term career goals?
Rodhe: That’s simple. I want to change the way the world looks at throwing and carry that momentum into influencing other sports.
Zylstra: Who do you predict will win medals at the Commonwealth Games?
Rodhe: I have no prediction as I don’t spend too much time tracking the progression of my competitors.
Zylstra: Which overseas throwers do you consider a good friend?
Rodhe: What qualifies as overseas? I know Tomasz [Majewski] is always glad to see me as are the Global Throws group.
Zylstra: What type of training do you prefer, weightlifting, technique training or exercises?
Rodhe: I have always been preferential to throwing. Even as a kid, my favorite form of play was to throw, kick, hit balls as far from myself as possible. I love throwing multi weighted shot puts, special movement exercises and the most basic and humble of movements, situps, pushups and pullups.
Zylstra: Who is your favorite thrower of all time?
Rodhe: I appreciate many throwers for their different qualities. A few examples, Al Oerter, Al Feurbach, Adam Nelson, Brian Oldfield. I must plead global and historical ignorance in this matter.
Zylstra: Is it possible to break the shot put world record?
Rodhe: I think it is possible, but I think to do it clean, with the current demands/pressure of competitive schedule makes it impossible. An athlete would have to be extremely gifted, have lots of support staff and solely train for two years toward a series of 2-3 meets specifically set up for that individual athlete.
Zylstra: What type of weather do you like to train in? or…is there any weather you will not train in?
Rodhe: I much prefer dry climates above all, then prefer warm climates, then prefer sunshine and low wind conditions. I detest training in mud and humidity.
Zylstra: What type of weather do you like to compete in?
Rodhe: Above 60˚F, no rain, no wind, not before 11 a.m.
Zylstra: Where do you prefer to throw, in or outside the stadium?
Rodhe: I prefer to throw 5-20m from fans.
Zylstra: How do crowds affect your performance?
Rodhe: I love crowds, the more, the louder, the better. Though, in moments right before throw and during throw, I see nothing but the sector and the circle.
Zylstra: Which shots do you prefer?
Rodhe: I prefer turned iron shots 128-129mm. Larger sizes for overweight implements. I don’t remember brand of shot at Olympics. I used the same on all three throws in London. Personally I like to use VS Brand turned iron shots for outdoor training and comp’ and I like to use Dominator hard shell shots for indoor training and comp’.
Zylstra: What type of medical treatment do you regularly receive?
Rodhe: Deep tissue massage, IMS needling, Physio myofascial release
Zylstra: Who’s your coach?
Rodhe: Currently I am the main coach and Sean Denard of North Central College is my technical analysis coach.
Zylstra: Where are you training?
Rodhe: Currently basing out of Kamloops, B.C. A big problem with throws training and the program I use is that not many places have proper infrastructure to support an athlete like myself. I am a bit limited as to where I can have long training blocks right now.
Zylstra: What types of support do you receive from your government?
– food discounts
– small travel grants
– carding: tax free direct deposit for living expenses $1500/mo
– Own the Podium: individual requested funding which is needs based
– CAIP: program to help offset medical treatment for massage/physio/chiro $1500/yr
Zylstra: What are your personal bests?
• 5kg 25,10m (82′ 4¼”)
• 6kg 23,25m (76′ 3½”)
• 6.3kg 22,10m (72′ 6¼”)
• 7.26kg 21,00m (training 68′ 10¾”)
• 7.26kg 21,29m (competition 69′ 10¼”)
• 8kg 19,90m (65′ 3½”)
• 9kg half-turn 16,20m (53′ 1¾”)
• 9kg 18,85m (61′ 10¼”)
• 10kg half-turn 15.76m (51′ 8½”)
• 10kg 17.85m (58′ 6¾”)
Zylstra: What’re your favorite tunes?
Rodhe: For shot put training, anything from the 80’s with big hair, lots of guitars, and songs about fast women. Something about it resonates with throwing [laughter] Outside of training I much prefer jazz, blues and classical.
Zylstra: When did you get your first pair of throwing shoes? What kind were they?
Rodhe: First pair was sophomore year in high school. They were adidas adistar and I got those because they were the only ones in stock so late in the season. Not the best intro level shoe. I just about spun myself to the next county.