Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Summer in Pictures...Picture Blog:)


I can't believe that it is almost that time of year again to get back on the "training" horse. This summer has been a busy one for me and one that I will never forget. To keep my fingers fresh for up coming blogs, this is a picture blog. Enjoy!

After US Nationals, I headed up to Canada for the NTL Series. I competed in Edmonton and Victoria. Consistence at 68 meters in each meet and had a great time catching up with my friends to the North. Picture is of the track in Edmonton, Alberta. 
"Distance does to love what wind does to fire, extinguishes the weak and fuels the strong" Picture is from 30,000 feet in the sky and I think over Texas.  
Had to go see all my family and friends at OMBAC OTL. Hard to explain the game, so just google it.  
Headed across the pond this year with 2 objectives: extent my season and finish strong and healthy.  Based in Koln and trained in Leverkusen, Germany. While I was in Europe for 2 weeks, I competed in a meet in Sweden and one in the U.K. Did not get the distances that I wanted but I hit my objectives. The picture above if from the top of the Lindt Chocolate Factory looking onto Koln. 
Model with my hammer on the Catwalk with Oiselle....CHECK! One of my many bucket list items was checked off this summer. Getting the call to model with my sponsor in NYFW was one of the best calls of my life. One could not wipe the smile off my face while I was in the NYC. The 4 days that I spent in the big city was beyond words. I will never forget the time I spent with the amazing ladies with Oiselle (and Bro Birds).
Telluride, CO...enough said! HA. Cannot thank my BFF Kara Winger for not only having me in her wedding but picking one of the most beautiful places in this country to get married in. Picture of the Rocky's with Kara and Maggie Myers.
Day after the wedding I drove to Colorado Springs to see my buddy Dana Lyon and pay my respects to her late husband. Picture above is from the Air Force Academy. The grounds in-between the squadrons (dorms). RIP CAPT. David Lyon.
Gotta love the Blue Angels. Feel in love with them when I was a kid and sooooo happy that they made their was back to the Miramar Air Show. 
Birthday Weekend. Not quite 30 but it is fast approaching. Had a great time with family and friends. Looking forward to what 30 has in store for me. Picture from Pier South in Imperial Beach. 

Friday, July 4, 2014

1 Year Anniversary with Oiselle!

It was this time last year that I was sitting in the San Diego Airport on my way to Canada asking myself “Can it be true?”

The weekend prior I was in a kick ass bar meeting some of the most influencial ladies that I have met to date. I could not have imagine how much love, support and pure joy these ladies would bring to my life. 

Getting ready to board the plane in my fresh Oiselle duds, I kept thinking “Are they really going to sign a thrower? I know nothing about running other than I try to do as little of it as I can.”

Heading up to Canada my Twitter feed, Facebook page and Instagram blew up. Tweets of “Good Luck”, “Throw the rock”, “Thrower Love” came pouring in. I was shocked, not only by the social media love but they had not forgot about me.  

I competed in the Gray Shimmel in Vancouver and Victoria, proudly. A sponsor and myself had finally come together after 7 years of being a “professional” athlete and joined forces. 

Now this is where the waterworks begin. Passion and strength is what Oiselle and I share. Passion for this sport we love and strength because we are going to succeed no matter what. Oiselle came into my life when I needed support the most. From getting to meets, to the emotional support, to all the amazing clothes; that night at the bar made a HUGE impact on my journey to Rio. 

So as I sit here in the Denver Airport I have to stop and smile. I not only have my friends and family behind me but I have a flock of ladies that will only help me soar to new heights. 

Thank you ladies and cheers to the amazing times to come.  

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Ready to take flight!



Sacramento holds a special place in my heart. Here at the 2004 Olympic Trials, I got my first taste of being a senior/elite athlete. A taste that has never left my body and has only become richer through the years. 


Cheers to all that are competing this week/weekend. To my Oiselle peeps, I will be cheering loud...cause I don't know how else to cheer for ya;). 

See you all at the hammer ring bright and early Saturday morning! 


Friday, February 28, 2014

I got hammered...almost~


I have always wanted to shoot a shot like this and Geoff Scott made it happen!

Had a blast at this quick and easy shoot :)

Monday, February 24, 2014

Drug free and always will be~


One topic has been stuck in my head for the last few days, and is something that I feel is important to blog about; drugs in my sport of track and field.

I can't imagine the reasoning that goes on in an athletes mind when they justify taking a Performance Enhancing Drug, or PED. But, I can tell you why I never have, and never will: My integrity is worth more to me than an Olympic medal.

It seems to me that integrity gets lost when ones dream becomes an obsession, when an athlete's mind can't see past their immediate goal, when they want their dream to come true, too soon. 

PEDs are short cuts. Short cuts that not only hurt athletes in the long run but hurt the sports that we love. 

Is there a solution to this problem? I hope so. 

This situation that my sport has to deal with is nothing different from any other Olympic sport. Every athlete has an obsession with their sport. If they didn't, they wouldn't be on the Olympic path. Some athletes deal with their obsession is a healthy way, and some do not. Athletes either decide to let their body's develop through intense training, while others become impatient, or greedy, and attempt to speed up the process with illegal performance enhancing drugs. 

So, here is my testament to the world; I have never ingested or exposed my body to any performance enhancing drugs. Period. Never will. 

Thursday, January 23, 2014




Happy Day!

Back up and ready to fill you all in on what has been happening in my world. 

Just have a wait a few days when I am on the airplane heading up to Oregon :).

"When you smile, your heart has no other choice then to"

Thursday, December 12, 2013

165 pounds- Check!


“165 Coach?!?!” 
“Yes...165lb to 168lb”

“Well how am I suppose to do that ?!?!? I have been trying for years to gain weight…”
“Eat!!! Eat In and Out at least 3 times a week and none of that Protein Style bull” Ha :).

After years of “trying” to gain weight, I finally did it! I have gain 12 pounds since I started training this year and I am pretty damn proud of myself.

For years, I “tried” to gain weight. I when I say try, I mean that I would just eat what was on my plate and call it good. Maybe a few protein shakes during heavy lifting. To be honest I did not understand my body . I was scared that I would just gain fat and that it would affect my throw.

My focus for gaining the weight was just to eat more. Eat more of everything, add more fats to my diet and make sure that I had dessert after dinner. These ideas were not my own but my amazing strength coach's, who every step of the way made sure that ate enough for the day.

I know it sounds silly but it sucked the first couple of weeks. I was not used to being that full or eating whatever I wanted. I also started drink 2 to 3 protein shakes a day, which I give a ton of credit to, for the weight gain.

Gaining these pounds has given me a new sense of what my body can do. My preconceived idea of weight gain, has been thrown out the window. I am excited to see how these extra pounds will convert to my throw.

The added bonus with these extra pounds is that I can pick up a few new/ bigger items from Oiselle. The large long sleeves now gotta go up a size. Gotta cover up these "guns" somehow :).

165 was to easy, let's see if I can get to 170 :)
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