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 :)

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Back to my regularly scheduled program~

I have a confession to make; I have had my training bag packed for the last week and I still have one week to go until fall training. It may be that I have some new clothes to wear, new shoes to break in or just that I miss spinning in circles terribly bad.

Every time I think about getting back into to training, I have the butterflies of a first date. Three months seems like a long time resting but it flew by. Work tends to make that happen but I do love the jingle in my pocket. I only went on a few hikes and only got to feel the cool Pacific a couple of times but i'm ready to get back at it.

September 30th is when I step back into ring and back into the weight room. I will have a month of conditioning to get my body ready to lift my butt “on”. Ha! Of all the years that I have “tried” to gain weight, I am serious this year. I will gain weight!!! It may take me some time to get used to eat a ton and being in the weight room a little longer but I got look on the bright side; I get to eat whatever I want.

Over the summer I have had some time to think, think about why I keep my dream alive. I could say the old clique response “Because you never stop chasing your dream” but for me the chasing is not the whole answer. Im stubborn, hard-headed and loyal to this damn ball and wire. I will not let my dream pass me by; I will sacrifice to get my dream and when I am training, their is no other place I will rather be than in the ring. Dont get me wrong, their are a few aspects of my life that I wish were “enhanced” but that will come with time and I will follow the clique quote “good things come to those who wait”. Now that I think about it, that is a pretty damn good quote and I should live/train by it more:).

Being part of Oiselle and having some of the best runners as my teammates, I got some questions for you guys;

1. Why the compression socks?
2. What do you think about when you are running mile after mile? Does it change on meet day?
3. Why does your cool down look like my sprint workout?
4. Side cramps, why and how do I get them to go away?
5. Do you ever take time off from training?

I am sure more will come to mind the further I get into training and competition season. Feel free to comment on my other pages (Twitter, Facebook or Instagram) and ask me some questions. I am sure you guys have something to ask a thrower :).

Au Revoir Summer, Bonjour Fall!

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