What can I say? Spain was a lot of fun, but it was tough as the energy levels were low and then i sprained my ankle pretty bad. Luckily it did not break although we were concerned it did. Should be about 10 more days and then we can get back to it. For now we will continue on with upper body and cardio work and of course some RICE, that would be rest, ice, compression, and elevation.
Vesteinn and I had a couple conversations around training and what it takes to throw 64m and beyond. He was honest and frank in saying that I have the tools, the technique and the strength, but the energy is just not there. Reason? Working full time while training like this is just not conducive to throwing a discus really far, period. It was something we talked about early on and something that has come up again. Usually when your technique gets better and your strength levels are good you throw further, but not in this case. So we decided to hammer home speed work and back off the training to allow for some extra recovery time to allow for energy to come back.
This game is tough in that you need to do so much to prepare and you also have to channel everything you have into making it fly. Its not like you can just get up and throw far if you feel tired. I can work all day then go run 5 miles if I feel tired, or grunt my way through a workout, that’s easy. Throwing over 200 feet while tired and stressed out is another story. As V says, this is not an excuse, it’s just facts. This is why professional discus throwers only throw discus.
For now we are looking to work on just explosive work and not do anymore crazy volume in the ring. I am hopeful we can get it going as there has been a lot of good work done to make the discus fly. I can not be angry with the situation as this situation has led me to have the opportunity to meet people like Vesteinn and the guys from GT. It has given me the opportunity to travel to various places, meet some new friends, have some great conversations and of course drink some really good coffee:) Zoega’s!
As V and I discussed, when it is all said and done of course we want results, but the friendships and experience you gain while doing this is worth so much more. I couldn’t agree more, but we still want a big PR this year.