One of last competitions in 2018 was MWC in Stuttgart. Prepared well but due to work related stress throwing was shit except for caber. Then finals Dutch Masters 2018 (Bramear almost a PR). After that no throwing during the winter, then first competition in 2019. Fist time to handle the light WFD: 39 feet. Not bad. Couple of weeks nothing again then two training sessions and now back to 46 feet.
Trainingsvolume and intensity is still progressing. My trainer has me on negative reps now with bench press (380 lbs), 320 lbs feels light afterwards. Doing deadlift sets with 460 lbs, leg press with 660 lbs. To complete the figures, body weight is up to 270 lbs.
With my "new" body I was playing on the field, field was as usual wet and frozen (and uneven). Still managed a 47 throw with the LWFD.
Heavy hammer is over 60 feet without blades. Did not do WFH a while but this hould be improved by now, back and legs are getting stronger every time.
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.