Sunday, March 21, 2010

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Oregon Preview!

There is nothing better than a warm, sunny day at Hayward Field - the hammer ring from my days at the University of Oregon. I figured since we have been having plenty of warm weather down in San Diego, I should bring some up with me to Eugene.

This weekend has been great. I got to Eugene on Thursday afternoon and had a normal practice with my coach, Lance Deal. My throws felt great and my speed was right where I wanted it to be. On Friday, I did my normal "Pre-Meet" routine, a light warm-up, med ball throws and some explosive lifting. That night I got a little flush massage from coach, and off to bed I went.

While I am trying to fall asleep before a meet, I visualize the meet for the next day. I visualize everything: the car ride, check-in, weighting in my hammer, warm-up, and even the throws I intend to take. This, first helps me plan out what I am going to do the next day, and second helps calm my nerves. Going through the motions and visualizing what I want to do, usually put my nerves to rest.

The Oregon Preview went better than I excepted, today.

I wanted to throw over 65 meters. I have been throwing over 65 meters in practice, so I figured that I should be able to do it in a meet.

Warm-ups felt great. I was doing a great job executing the 3 things that I wanted to work on.

My first competition throw was a foul, right on the sector line. The second throw was my best throw, 66.11 meters (216.9 feet). That was my only fair throw of the meet. My last 2 throws were fouls, one into the cage, and one that I fouled intently.

Throwing over 65 meters was just what I wanted to do! It felt great, plus I executed the 3 things on my list. This meet was to see if any little technical flaws might pop up. Nothing too bad popped up, but I did realize there is a lot more left in me!

My next meet will be the Texas Relays. I can't wait to get to Texas. I love the city of Austin (and the track meet isn't to bad either). Oh, and the food in Austin is amazing! There is this steak place right down the street from the track - and I can't wait to eat there!

~ Until next time!

~ Britney Henry

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Diet- Not My Favorite Word!

Always drink your water!

I love food. I love all types of food. If I had my choice,
I would eat sushi for the rest of my life
, with ice cream to finish it off.

Being an athlete, I do need a variety in my food choice. I do eat sushi, just not everyday. I try to stick to a certain meal plan that is specific to what I want my body to do. Since I have started throwing the hammer, I have tried to put on muscle and gain some weight. I do have to admit, I do not try that hard and I am happy with where I am at with my weight. The main reason that I want to stick to my meal plan, is that the plan insures that I am getting a well rounded diet, that I am eating all the fruits and veggies, some grains and lean protein. The other reason that I must stick to the meal plan is that I am pretty lazy when it comes to creating meals. Don't get me wrong, I love to cook and create new meals, but when I am tired from work, training or both, being creative with food is the last thing on my mind.

I don't count calories, I don't look to see how much protein or carbs are in the food I eat. I just make sure that I have a protein, a carb and either a fruit or veggie with every meal. I do splurge and grab an In 'n' Out Burger or have a bowl full of ice cream. I do know that I can not do this all the time, because my body really can't run off of In 'n' Out Burgers and ice cream, especially at the elite level. In order to have enough energy at practice, and to make sure that my body is running off the right fuels, I have to stick to my meal plan. Below is a little snap shot at what I eat on a daily basis. I do switch it up, but when I am lazy, this is what I eat.

Now, there are a few other details that go into diet. I try to pay close attention to what my body is telling me. When I am tried and I know I shouldn't be, it usually means that I am a little low on Iron, so I have a steak that night. When I feel like my body comp. is going up and I don't want it to... or I'm preparing for a photo shoot, I cut carbs (not all, but grains and breads...I will never give up fruit : ).

Lastly, I want everyone out there that reads my blog to know, please don't listen to the fast food commercials, athletes DO NOT eat fast food everyday! Now, we might enjoy it on occasion, but certainly not everyday.

Meal Plan:
  • Breakfast: Egg whites, fruit, toast with peanut butter.
  • Snack: Chocolate milk and granola bar- usually in between throwing and lifting.
  • Lunch: Sandwich with lots of lunch meat, salad, and chips.
  • Snack: Chips and salsa, goldfish or some type of fruit.
  • Dinner: Chicken or steak, potatoes, and veggies.
  • Snack: Cup of milk or yogurt.

My word of advice for everyone out there is not to get stuck in a fad diet. They are pointless! That is why I do not like the word diet. It sounds like one is forcing themselves to eat a certain way. Just eat a well balanced diet. Make sure you eat lots of fruit and veggies, have a lean protein (chicken, turkey, lean steak) and eat whole wheat. If you want to splurge, go ahead, just remember that you can't do it all the time.

Now I am going to have a bowl full of ice cream, it is my splurge day! Happy, healthy eating!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Update on Everything!

I wanted to give you all a little update on what is going on in my life right now.

It is almost my one year anniversary with the San Diego Padres Baseball Team ! WOOHOO!! I work with the Padre's at Petco Park as a ticket sales agent to support my hammer training. I have said this a thousand times, but one more time won't hurt - the Padres are amazing in the way they support me. The Padre's schedule my work around my training regime and always give me time off when there is a track meet. Work there is starting to pick up. With the home opener around the corner, we are all making sure that everything is in line before the big day. Right now, we are all selling single game tickets and making sure that our reward programs will run smoothly through the season.

Training is going great. I couldn't ask for more from my body right now. My throws are starting to become more constant and my speed is coming back. For the past 2 weeks or so, Anita Wlodarczyk, the world record holder in the women's hammer has been training at The Olympic Training Center. It is always nice to have others to throw with! In the next couple of months, the German throwers and Canadian throwers will be training at the Center too!

I am going into a rest week right now, and my body is ready for it. I am on a “2 week cycle”. 2 weeks of training 6 days a week, and then a week of rest, training only 4 days a week. Around June, I will switch to a 3 day cycle. That allows my body to recover fully, and sets me up to start throwing further in competition.

Other than working and training, I have been going to lots of birthday parties. Someone in my family has had a birthday every weekend for the past 2 months, at least that is what is feels like!

This past weekend, my cousin Teresa had a big birthday party. For her present, she decided that it would be great to do Walks for Wishes at Seaworld. It was a great idea, until the day of the walk. That is when 5 of the 6 storms that San Diego gets per year decided to show up. Our family did the one mile walk. It was great to do it for some Wishes and to support the kids. Luckily, we got to walk thru Seaworld and see the animals!

I am glad that my life is a little busy right now, it keeps me from over-thinking the hammer and training. Hope everyone had a great weekend!

~ Britney

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Hammer season is almost upon us…or me!

It is almost my favorite part of the year, HAMMER Season.

In my training world, there are only 2 two seasons… Hammer season and the off season.

In the off season, I concentrate on the technical aspects of my throws, practicing over a hundred throws a week with heavy weighted hammers. The off season is also where I TRY to put on some muscle and build strength in the weight room. Focusing on building a good strong base for the hammer season.

During the hammer season I start to back off on the amount of throws I take, reducing the quantity to less than 80 throws per week, and I throw lighter weighted hammers more often. The goal being to transition from strength work to speed and finesse. I also start to use lighter weights to become a little bit more explosive in the weight room.

The 2010 Hammer season is going to kick-off with a little warm-up competition in Eugene, Oregon, called the Oregon Preview. This meet is to see if any new technical problems pop-up. Since I cannot practice the emotions and adrenaline of a hammer meet, this is a good meet to get used to dealing with that kind of pressure.

My coach, Lance Deal, Silver Medalist and American Record Holder in hammer throw, will be there to support and coach me.

The best part is that I will be throwing out of the ring I grew to love while attending the University of Oregon.

The schedule of Track and Field meets for this year can change at any moment, especially if I get into an international meet. Right now, this is what I have planned:

My Favorite Hammer Ring :)

Oregon Preview
March 20th 2010
University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon

Texas Relays
March 31st - April 3rd 2010
University of Texas
Austin, Texas

Mt. SAC Relays

April 15th-17th
Mount San Antonio College
Ontario, California

Drake Relays

April 23rd - April 24th
Drake University
Des Moines, Iowa

Tucson Elite
May 21st - 22nd
University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona

Cali Relay: TBA

High Performance Meets Florida: TBA

USATF Outdoor Nationals:
June 23rd- 27th
Drake University
Des Monies, Iowa


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