With a new personal record of 19 meters my mind quickly turns to higher numbers. World Championships this year for the Paralympics will be held in Qatar during the month of October. To qualify for this event I must throw a minimum of 22 meters.
Three meters may not seem like much, but it definitely is. Now, throwing 22 meters does not guarantee me a personal spot in Qatar, but it does open up one spot for the U.S. Track and Field team. Iâ€™d be happy with either or and I sure as hell will train like no other to get that mark. There are a few things that we need to work on in order to get that mark. My blocking leg (right leg) needs not bend when I throw, my throws must be released right over the top of my head and my stance needs to e much wider for the throw.
Youâ€™d think that throwing had everything to do with strength and it is the total opposite. Throwing is all in the technique and form. So much discipline must be applied for this sport and there have honestly been days when I ask myself what I got myself into. As an athlete, I want to be great at something and I want to better in a matter of days.
I wonâ€™t be at the level of a 10-year thrower right now but in my head I always say, â€œWhy am I not at that level already?â€ I stay honest with my coach and always let him know what is on my mind and he has no problem with me thinking in that way. He says itâ€™s those athletes that think like that that you see at the top. With Qatar not too far from today, we have signed up for the Dixie Games in Tampa, Florida on May 9th and the Desert Challenge in Arizona the week right after Dixie.
For those two events we want to see consistency with the numbers Iâ€™ve already thrown and possibly that 22 meters with the right amount of discipline. Training remains the same with a de-load week leading up to competition.