On Saturday I went to my final Track & Field comp of the throw season and it was a pretty good end to the season. Now before I go on, if you read the previous post I said I would post photos and such, but this moron forgot to bring his camera so for now you’ll have to live with just a written description and I apologize for that, but upward and onward.
So my throw time was set for 10am, my coach Holly asked that we were there for warm-ups around 9am, that meant being in Coquitlam nice and early and after closing for 11pm at work and knowing I was on the couch (Q was working at 7:30) I wasn’t excited for the next, nevertheless I got up around 7:30 and was on the road by 8am. I reached the Track almost on the dot and meet up with my coach Holly from BC Wheelchair sports, I hadn’t seen her for some time and it was nice to catch up. We headed to the throw cages (Coquitlam has an amazing set-up BTW cudos to them) and caught up on Nationals and the rest of the crew. I learnt that it would only be me and Andrew throwing today as Darryl had a rough night, Amanda has tennis elbow and Colin, well I don’t know, he couldn’t make it. We then started talking about a contact I had made with my neieces P.E. teacher Byron, wehn low and behold who showed up but him, he told me he was coaching some teams there and would come over to watch me throw, it felt pretty good. Holly and I then checked in and meet up with Jeremy, a personal trainer turning physio who is helping the throw team with specific training. From there we waited for Andrew and I began warming up to throw. Andrew showed up with minutes to spare (typical Andrew) and he and I warmed up. Andrew was first to throw and although he did ok, the chair set-up was a bit awkward so he wasn’t hitting close to his PBs (personal bests). I was next up, I took my 2 warm-ups and then started throwing. I get six throws.
Throw 1. 6.82m (felt good)
Throw 2. 7.01m (felt awesome – new Personal Best & would have made Nationals if was 2 weeks earlier)
Throw 3. 7.00m (felt awesome)
Throw 4. 6.72m (ok not the best but normally that would be a top throw)
Throw 5. 6.89m (old previous PB – so not to shabby)
Throw 6. 6.90m (arm feeling tired but felt good)
Overall I was and still am super proud of these throws, all of them were very consistant and at least 4 out of the 6 where at or better than my previous PB. I ended the season on a real high note. After I finished Jeremy, who I forgot to mention was a previous Shot put Junior CHAMP, went over some video analysis, beyond having a specific chair there are some technique stuff I can work on right away to gain distance and not lose so much energy. Overall it was an AWESOME DAY! and I have some new goals for fall training and the new year.
I would like to thank Holly, Jeremy, Byron, the Coquitlam Cheetahs for hosting, the throw officials for coming out and being part of this, without them we could do our thing, and a big thank you all the support this season.
To Infinity & Beyond, and once you’re there, dig deeper, push harder, throw father, and love that you’re doing it!