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Excitement for my season opener

I am going into my first meet of the year with more excitement than ever. I have had a really solid year of training, no injuries, feeling healthier, stronger, and more technically sound than ever. Last year I was riddled with multiple back injuries, chronic knee problems, rolled ankles, and shoulder pain that cost me my entire competitive season. My training this year has been going so well this year that I have no expectations in a ...continue reading
4 years ago

Hard work finally pays off

I feel like all my training posts have the same theme; and it’s that I am having the best practices of my life. I had a great opportunity to go to the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista last weekend and train with some of USATF’s biomechanical scientists. It was great timing for me in my training cycle to get out of Eugene, throw in some great weather, and see where I am at. After looking at old footage we made some ...continue reading
4 years ago

Trusting the progression

We hit the jackpot with warm weather this week in Oregon and I was ready to capitalize. I had a great throwing session again and I am very excited about the upcoming outdoor season. While my throws are not near my personal best I know I need to trust the progression of my training if I want to accomplish my goals. On any given day I could go to practice and throw 110%, break all my practice personal bests, and feel pretty good about ...continue reading
4 years ago

Bringin’ the heat!

Spring is almost here and that can only mean one thing… Outdoor season is soon! I am so excited. All javelin throwers perk up around this time because they have been training so hard throughout the fall and winter, while the rest of the track athletes compete at cross country and indoors. We are like caged animals, and all the sweat, blood, and hours of training are finally about to pay off. I can’t contain how excited I am for this ...continue reading
4 years ago

Back in the States

I am back in the states training in Eugene Oregon and things are a little bit different. I just got done with a five week training camp in Germany and it was quite different than what I expected. While stereotypically I assumed Germany would have super intensive training, it was actually quite laid back. Now that I am back my body is rapidly trying to adapt to my usual the strenuous workouts. Now there is a fine line between “training ...continue reading
4 years ago

Throwing Secrets from Germany

With just a few days left of my training camp in Germany I can already say this was one of the best training blocks of my career. My body feels healthy, I learned a lot, and I am very confident about my upcoming 2014 season.  But what did I do for five weeks? What did I learn? What have the Germans been doing that has made them so successful at the Olympic Games and World Championships the last few years? For starters there is an ...continue reading
4 years ago

Top 10 of Germany

10: Weather The weather is better than Oregon. I keep getting told that normally they have snow by October and November and that the temperatures are normally much colder but this year it’s a lot warmer 40-50° F. And while it has rained a bit here it’s much lighter and not as long. In Oregon it rains all day every day and I have heard has been super cold in the States this year, so I dodged a bullet there. 9: Pudding I constantly ...continue reading
4 years ago

Not Top 10 of Germany

10: Single Stuff Oreos If you know me at all, you know how much I love Oreos. But single stuff Oreos are like throwing a javelin half as far; it’s just not a good thing. Lucky for me I know how to make Oreo cheesecake. 9: Lack of breakfast Google Germany and they have a history of large breakfasts. Full of deli meats, breads, and cheeses; like going to Costco and sampling everything they have to offer. But this is simply a lie, or at ...continue reading
4 years ago

Training in Germany

A couple weeks ago I left TrackTown USA to train with some of the best throwers in the world in Germany. The German throwers have been medaling at major championships for decades now and my coach and I thought it would be great to see what was in the water in Germany. We planned a five week training camp in Offenburg, near the southwest boarder of Germany, where Christina Obergföll (2013 World Champion) trains under her coaches, Werner ...continue reading
4 years ago

German Athletics

I asked the family I am staying with to name all the track and field athletes they could. It was a quick response, only one person. “Christina Obergfoll” Surprising to not hear Usain Bolt, Lolo Jones, Allyson Felix, or Ashton Eaton, but that’s simply the world they live in. Here in Offenburg, a city of 59,000 people I would venture to guess all of them only know one track and field athlete. And they would all say the same person. ...continue reading
4 years ago