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Digging Even Deeper

In every athlete’s career, we face obstacles that try to slow us down. Sometimes the obstacles we face are so big that we feel it might be best to quit and pursue the “regular life.” I have overcome so many obstacles in my athletic career, and every year I question continuing my sport. Now I face my newest hurdle and wonder if this will be the one that ends it all. After one year at the Olympic Training Center I have been ...continue reading
2 years ago

Most Exciting Event in 2015

If you haven’t been paying attention, you may have not noticed that men’s javelin is on FIRE this year. This year it was hands down the best event in track and field. I may be biased as a javelin thrower, but the results speak for itself. While I personally did not have the greatest season due to some shoulder injuries it didn’t stop our Americans from stepping their game up. We had four Americans throw over 80m. Two of them threw ...continue reading
2 years ago

Summer Training Goals

Summer is that grey area of the year where I feel like no one has any idea what to do. Hopefully for elite athletes you are competing at World Championships or abroad in Europe. Others may opt for rest. On various summers I have been the most motivated after some of my worst track seasons. I moved to the Olympic Training Center in California last fall to compete with some of the top athletes in the world. And even the best athletes have ...continue reading
2 years ago

Training through the Summer

For some of us our competitive season has come to an end. Mine ended earlier than I had hoped. I wish I could have been able to compete at the World Championships, but it hasn’t stopped me from training, and there is good reason why I don’t think you should stop either. The usual format in America, is to compete at the college meets from March to May and peak for the USA Championships at the end of June. For the 87% of athletes that ...continue reading
2 years ago

10 Things You Learn When Injured

It’s been no secret that I have had my fair share of injuries. I think all javelin throwers would agree it’s not a very forgiving event. Trying to be the best in your sport often leaves us feeling aches and pains that we didn’t hope to feel until we were much older. It’s the price we pay for what we love. But it isn’t all bad. Below (in no particular order) are my top 10 things you learn while being injured. 1. You aren’t ...continue reading
2 years ago

I’m Back

After almost a year off my blog I am here to say, I am back! No I didn’t stop training, or competing, but I was stuck in a slump last year that I didn’t ever care to share. With the Olympic Games only a year away I am more focused than ever to make the team and fulfill my dreams. So what happened while I was “away”? I moved to the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista California (San Diego) in order to get the best nutrition, ...continue reading
2 years ago

Perfect fit in California

I moved to the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista California five weeks ago and I couldn't be happier for the change. The training center definitely has its perks and its downfalls, most notably the dorm rooms you have to live in, but they haven’t bothered me as much as I thought. The “Suites” as they call them here, are 400 square foot apartments with two bedrooms and two bathrooms, which sleep two athletes in each room in ...continue reading
3 years ago

Making big changes

I am making one of the biggest decisions of my life this week and making one of the biggest changes to my training. A couple weeks ago I was notified I was accepted into the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California (near San Diego) and I am choosing to make the move! At the end of the 2014 season my coach (Christina Scherwin) let me know that she and her husband (Mark Fletcher) were moving to Connecticut to be closer to their ...continue reading
3 years ago

Ending on a high note

Yesterday I was a hero to an Austrian crowd after throwing a stadium record on my final throw. After what was feeling like a downward spiraling year, the small town of 5,000 people came together to put on a wonderful competition, which seemed to bring out the best in me. After the U.S. Championships in June you have two options as a track and field athlete; end your season and prepare for the next year, or go to Europe and see if you can ...continue reading
3 years ago

I survived

After 8 Days, 55 hours of traveling, and 4 competitions in 3 countries, I can officially say I survived. I didn’t end on a good note, but I still surprised myself. I finished the Karlstad Grand Prix in 6th place with a throw of 73.27m, but after all I have been through I am just happy I am still healthy enough to walk. I have been through a lot of injuries in my career, and doing two meets in one week had always been a lot for my ...continue reading
3 years ago