This month will make two years and two months for me since picking up the hammer upon returning home from my LDS church mission in August 2007. I figured my body type was much better suited for the hammer throw than the shot-put or discus. I have continually progressed despite not having a hammer throw coach here at BYU. I finished last season with a personal best of 59.22 meters (194'3" ft) at the west regional championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon (Home of the Oregon Ducks). This fall is the start of my Junior year here at BYU. I'm looking for big improvement and a trip back to Hayward Field for the NCAA National Championships this coming June with the goal of becoming an All-American.
A training goal of mine this year has been to have a more solid start and to increase the speed of my entry as I am a three-turn hammer thrower. While also learning to better push the ball on the right side through out the throw. In mid-october I started testing myself for distance off a one-turn, two-turn, and then three-turn throw. With the idea that by pushing the speed at the start and working towards increasing my one turn throw distance. And then working to a two-turn throw, while focusing on pushing the right side. I would be able to transfer that speed and power into my third turn.
So the goal each week was to set a personal best in at least one category (1,2, or 3 turn). I was able to test three weeks before the cold brought me inside.
Here is my Fall Progression:
10/15/09-Felt very good today
11/10/09-A little tired today
Three-turn:197'(I had some technical difficulties with staying solid on three....wasn't a very good day....I felt like I should have been up near 205-210'....but time will reveal all)
TRAINING HAS NOW MOVED INDOORS....BLAH