Julian Edward Wruck (6 July 1991) is an Australian discus thrower and Olympian. His personal best is 68,16m (223′ 7″), putting him #2 on Australia’s all-time discus list.
2004 … est 30m (est 100′) (1kg)
2005 … est 47m (est 155′) (1kg)
2006 … est 53m (est 175′) (1kg)
2007 … 58,00m (190′ 3″) (1.5kg)
2008 … 51,89m (170′ 3″)
2009 … 54,74m (179′ 7″)
2010 … 61,02m (200′ 2″)
2011 … 65,74m (215′ 8″)
2012 … 64,84m (212′ 9″)
2013 … 68,16m (223′ 7″)
2014 … 65,54m (215′ 0″)
2015 … 63,88m (209′ 7″)
My off-season has, so far, been characterized by major lifestyle changes, planning for the near and long term future, confusion, and, at last, clarity. I had been suffering from fatigue and cognitive unclarity for a couple of years, and had attributed it to either a relapse of glandular fever (mononucleosis), or simply over-training. I took a two week break from training after the world championships and ate a vegetarian diet for a little over two months.
Initially I felt a little better, and for a short while, it seemed as though my mind became clearer (even though the fatigue was still present), which I thought was a result of cutting meat out of my diet. But then, after a few weeks, the fatigue got worse, and my mind became hazy again. Had it not been for a friend, I likely would never have discovered what was ailing me.
It turns out I am a coeliac, which means my immune system attacks gluten, resulting in damage to the nervous system and the digestive system. As soon as a friend suggested that I might be gluten intolerant, I immediately cut it out of my diet; Lots of foods I love that I cut out to go gluten free, I love carby foods [laughter], they are some of my favourite. After only four days I felt a huge general improvement in my disposition. It’s now been about four weeks without gluten and my training has picked up significantly, I have a lot more energy throughout the day, I am less irritable, I am in a better general mood, the faint feeling I used to get in the mornings is nearly completely gone, and my digestive health has improved significantly.
I don’t mean to belabor the point so much, it has just been such an integral part to my life, my plans for the 2016 track and field season and my future in general. I do a little bit of personal training but other than that, just throwing.
I am still self coached and will likely continue to train alone. I currently have no specific plans for the season apart from getting back to feeling happy and healthy, whilst maintaining a comfortable weekly training and lifestyle routine. My focus will likely be on increasing throwing frequency, speed and specific strength.
Me and my sister just bought a house in North Brisbane and we move in soon. There is a discus ring only 1.3kms (0.8 miles) away and I will be able to lift weights in the garage. This environment will likely be conducive to the sort of preparation I want, and I am super excited to get started.
I wish I could share more information about my plans for the upcoming season but at this point I’m just not that concerned about the specifics. If I am happy and healthy and begin deeply enjoying throwing again then the fine details just won’t matter all that much.
Good luck to everyone for their training and preparations!