Next year new (higher) numbers on the field.
Did not blog for a long time, too busy at work, But I trained all the time. My bench press improved, 6 reps with 300 lbs and my clean jumped to 265 lbs. Due to the cleans my knee had some problems, sorted this out by now.
Next year new (higher) numbers on the field.
Just did three events this weekend, heavy hammer, LWFD and Open Stone. Started with LWFD end did 10 throws. The last four were around the 45 feet mark with 47 feet as the best one. Not great but not bad either.
Then hammer (22 lbs) without blades, 54 feet. Not much but an improvement over the weekend before. Technique is improving a little bit. Should be able to throw 60 feet by the end of this month.
Last was OS with and without turn. The best throw was without turn, 32 feet. Also room for improvement here.
Did 10 throws per event. Last three weeks I had problems with mt left!! shoulder, skipped bench pressing last week and the shoulder is feeling better.
In training before my vacation I did some big throws, over 50 feet with WFD and 14 feet with WOB. Right after my vacation I spent three days in hospital with my mother and my muscle tone was gone.
Nevertheless I was able to compete last weekend and did some qualification throws for MWC 2018 in Stuttgart (Germany). Only my hammer was below standard. My foot was not giving me much trouble.
So I'm very satified with the results. It could be better, but given the situation, it was good enough.
16 lbs stone: 30.6 feet
28 lsb WFD: 42 feet
42 lbs WOB: 12 feet (easy flow, 13.4 feet, I hit the bar so hard that it had to be rebuild partially).
Caber 89 degrees (17 feet and 71 lbs)
Still one competition to qualify for the hammer throw.
Some people asking me if I'm still training. The answer is YES. I gave more time to my job last hafl year so my log writing did suffer. Nevertheless I trained this winter for strength and I'm very pleased with the results.
Occasionally I did some field training in the past months but most times the ground was too wet to do proper turns and/or sprinting, so minimal training.
Then this weekend I tried the first training on a perfect field with light WFD, turns were pretty good and reproducible, six throws around 50 feet (one exactly 50 feet), next time I'll do some filming. Stone also with a turn but still not fast enough.
Sounds good, but.... I have a bruised heel, Walking is uncomfortable or painful. Although walking is a problem I can do my spinning on the field without too much pain.
My doctor was already pointing out that the healing process is very long. So this year only one or two competitions.
This weekend combined Light WFD and heavy hammer, on a very windy field with some spectators. WFD was 47 feet and hammer 55 feet. First hammer in almost half a year, wil speed this one very fast up in the coming weeks to over 65 feet.
Gym training improves all the time and weight versus lean body mass is one of the best of the last 10 years. Paying attention to food and supplements are paying off.
Try to keep this level throughout the winter season to have a good start into the throwing season. Elbow pain is minimal, only knees are giving some troubles during WFD, have to use knee bands now with training.
My elbow has improved along the way and I'm training again at a higher level. My light WFD is now around 50 feet and my gym training is one of the best for the last years.
Deadlifting is now over 500 lbs and bench press sets with 300 lbs pretty easy. Squatting is coming up with sets of 360 lbs. I posted also a video of a deadlift training. The season is over but I'll try to improve a little bit more an keep that shape for next season. So one step at the time and not overdo things and get into trouble again....
Next season I'll be 57 and that are some fine numbers to throw, stone and hammer also improved (again).
This weekend was the first time I decided my elbow could take some beating with some heavy events.
I did some Light WFD and was able to manage a throw of 42 feet. To my surprise the elbow held up very
good, but my back was the weakest link.
I did three days before some deadlifting and Friday and Saturday a lot of physical work. So there you have a stiff back
on Sunday. By now I need to tape both elbows when doing gym stuff or heavy events. BTW I lost my trainingsfield, the owner
is building a big house on this lot. I moved up some feet but there the grass is too high and the other side
too much sand. But nevertheless.... ideal for quick trainingssession.
And some food porn....quality lunch.. chicken and egg salad....half of the dish was already eaten... (by me of course).
Last year I had an inflammation of my left underarm extensors (Lateral epicondylitis).....now I'm having the same problem with my right arm for weeks. This is my throwing arm. so I can't train any heavy events and my training in the gym is very limited. Wear my brace, give some deep massage and have to be patient. Last year it took me 4 months to heal....we 'll see.
My preparation for the first two games was hampered due to workstress, and it shows in the results. The third game I had to cancel due to back problems (and elbow). For 5 weeks I had some surgery on my jaw and could not train or eat well. Then my wife and I flew to Spain for a vacation, there I lost some considerable weight.
I ate three times a day supper in Spain, but just lost weight (I didn't train). After being back home I wanted to practice WFD but I was "untrained" and hurt my back, therefore my back issue.
Now getting back in shape again. The games I competed in had only the 56 lbs WFD, damn. Well one positive thing was I did open stone with spinning technique in competition, for the first time in my life, not bad.(thanks to Raynor). I'll practice it to give it some more power and speed.
My 28 lbs WFD is this year (till now) a mere 47 feet, but more like 40 feet average. Heavy hammer was not practiced this year and it sucks..... I don't have a light hammer so no reference here. Overall not real progress so far, but there are some good moths left.
My last competition was in May 2012 on the Dutch competition, so finally competing again after four years... . I can't wait!
I stoppend with the Smolov system, now concentrating more on field throwing. Bench press ended with 5 sets of 6 reps with 300 lbs. Deadlift was 440 3 reps for 4 sets.It paid off so far. Squat was too bad, between bench and deadlift. In the meantime on the field I couldn't throw above 47 feet anymore with the LWFD. Heavy WFD was about 30 feet.
In 6 weeks the competion starts for me with Dutch island Terschelling.
Also now training on Stone put, caber, hammer and WFH. This weekend I will measure the distance again to see improvement.
For now I had every time muscle soreness on the field after training Smolov, especially the back and the legs.
Qualifiyng distances for the World Championships Highland Games (Men 55-60).
HH LH HWD LWD BS OS
60' 75' 28' 42' 26' 29'