In the early- 1970s David Bowie sang,
Every time I thought I’d got it made,
It seemed the taste was not so sweet,
So I turned myself to face me,
Turn and face the strange,
Just gonna have to be a different woman,
Twenty-four year old Canadian, Taryn Suttie’s life has written that same tune, looking for success in the tape measure. After working with coach Andrew Schellenberg (2005-2007) and then coach Dean Bertoia (2008-2011) and competing for the University of Saskatchewan she packed her trunks and moved from hometown Hanley, Saskatchewan to Kamloops, British Columbia in search of changes. In BC she took the logical path and joined Dr. Anatoly Bondarchuk’s training group (Dylan Armstrong, Justin Rodhe, Tim Nedow) with hopes of compassing the direction to be Bowie’s ‘different woman’.
2003 – 7,64m (25’ ¾”)
2004 – unknown
2005 – 11,61m (38′ 1¼”) 14-years old
2006 – 12,29m (40′ 4″)
2007 – 12,56m (41′ 2½”)
2008 – 13,58m (44′ 6¾”)
2009 – 14,91m (48′ 11″) 18-years old
2010 – 15,32m (50′ 3¼”)
2011 – 15,70m (51′ 6¼”)
2012 – 16,24m (53′ 3½”)
2013 – 16.25m (53′ 3¾”) 22-years old
2014 – 16.48m (54′ 1″) at the Canadian Championships, Moncton, NB in June
2015 – 17,33m (56′ 10¼”) on Apr 10 and 17,61m (57′ 9½”) April 11 at Arizona State
One can see a stall in result growth that began in 2013. +24cm in three seasons put Suttie on the cusp of hanging-up-the-shoes after the 2014 Canadian Championships. Surrounded by friends over a pub-side brew, she decided to put-off a career change and try out a new training environment. She’s the epitome of the slogan ‘No one takes you more seriously than you take yourself’’.
In August 2014 she joined Justin Rodhe at RODHETHROWS in Kamloops, B.C.
Olympic shot putter Justin Rodhe laid out the time leading up to the back-to-back competitions in Phoenix, “Our training has been slightly hampered by a late- March cold weather snap in Kamloops. She was ready to demonstrate the newly obtained sport form after a few days of Arizona heat.” More specifically Rodhe went on, “Leading-up to April 10’s competition Taryn had thirteen training sessions in nine days. That included a stint of six days in-a-row without rest to prepare for these competitions. Not ideal prep’ but Taryn knows how to grind-out her training and has faith in my periodization system.”
Suttie’s recent breakthroughs have been constructed on a foundation of training principles Rodhe learned in his 5 years working with periodization master, Dr. Bondarchuk. Taryn had the blinders on all winter, training 35hrs and working 25hrs/week. Half her training sessions had to be completed alone and with less than advantageous time allotment and facilities at the Tournament Capital Centre in Kamloops.
“Taryn is one of the top throwing talents in Canada, it is great to see her efforts realized after a very hard earned year of work.” J.RODHE
What other sports have you played?
Suttie: I first tried shot put under the recommendation of my PE teacher/ Hanley track coach, Brian Grest. I threw some discus and hammer before specializing in shot put. I played softball until 2004, and played volleyball and basketball through high school while I focused on throwing.
Who is in your current training group?
Suttie: I currently train alone with Justin but he does work with a few satellite athletes around the world.
What have you been doing the past month?
Suttie: In the past month I transitioned from an active recovery program to a competition development program. Technical execution became the main focus as competition season was approaching. April 7th I left Kamloops, BC to train and compete in Arizona/ California for the month.
What brought on the coaching change?
Suttie: The coaching change came after my 3rd season with little improvement. My personal bests in 2012, 2013 and 2014 were 16.24, 16.25 and 16.48. I needed a change in order to stay inspired and motivated.
Why are you throwing farther?
Suttie: I am throwing farther after 8 months of the hardest working, most productive training I’ve ever had. This is definitely thanks to Justin! We focused on improving my technique in the circle, as well as some lifting technique. I have specific program goals and know what to focus on for each training session. I have also struggled with foot faults in the past. My improved technique has helped with that.
What is your schedule in the near future?
Canadian Champs – July 4th
TrackTown Classic – July 2015
Pan Am Games – July 2015
World Championships – August 2015 (pending qualification)
Did your training point toward big throws?
Suttie: Based on how my training has been going, I was definitely ready to throw far. My training bests with all weights improved this year.
Why do you train in AZ?
Suttie: I came down to Arizona to take advantage of the weather and facilities as I prepared to open my season. I competed at The Mesa Classic, The Sun Angel Classic, and Mt. SAC Relays. Phoenix provides a cost effective location for the early season schedule in Arizona and California.
Do you have a technical model you follow, aka do you copy someone’s technique?
My technique is based on Rodhe, who was based on Barishnikov, who were both Bondarchuk coached athletes.
How long do you hope the throw?
Suttie: Right now I feel like I’m just getting started! However I don’t have an exact timeline. I am definitely committed through 2016, and 2020 isn’t out of the question either. It’s something I will take year by year.
What part does nutrition play in your training?
Suttie: Nutrition plays a part in my training for sure. I eat clean and I eat a lot to fuel my body for 2 sessions per day.
What is your next career goal?
Suttie: This summer I hope to medal at the Pan Am Games in Toronto, as well as qualify for the World Championships.