Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Recap of Nationals!

Photo: Bill Frakes and Laura Heald/SI

Once again, I come to you all from an airport. This time I am delayed in Chicago. Just like San Fran, if you fly into Chicago, expect to be delayed. The delays are almost always weather related and today is no different! I have to admit the Chicago airport is not too bad. There is a huge skeleton of a dinosaur and the food choices are not too bad.

The dinosaur :)

USA Nationals wrapped up today with some great performances. Kara Patterson is a super star, breaking the American Record in the women's javelin is no small feat, but she sure made it look easy.

All the throwers from the training center did a great job! I am so happy to train with you all everyday. Thank you to Becky Breisch (1st in Discus), Jarred Rome (3rd in Discus), Russ Winger (4th in Discus and 6th in shot), Ian Waltz (6th in Discus), Sean Furey (1st in Javelin) and Mike Hazle (2nd in Javelin) for being great training partners, even if it is a quick "hey" on the field or someone to talk to in the weight room!

Des Monies, Iowa did a great job hosting the USA Championships. The weather was a little hot for me and the crowd, though. The crowd for the hammer was not bad, but in the stadium it was dead. My vote is to have Nationals in Eugene, Oregon all the time. I may be a little bit biased because I am alumni, but Eugene has a great track, great throwing fields and fans that are there rain or shine!

video


I competed in the hammer throw on Saturday. Looking back and being removed a few days from the meet, I am pretty happy with myself.

I placed 3rd with a throw of 69.57m(228.3ft).


I was pretty mad at myself after the meet. As you all know, I go into every meet with cues and I always expect myself to execute them all. Well, I did 2 of the cues pretty well, but I could not get the 3rd cue right. I know in the back of my mind and coach does too, that if I could keep my heel down on my 3rd turn, the hammer is going to fly! With that said, the 2010 USA Championship meet was a little struggle for me. My first 3 throws were not the greatest, my mind was wandering and my speed wasn't there. Going into the finals, coach told me “ It is a whole new meet, now get after it!” and that is what I did.

My 4th throw was my furthest, 69.57 meters. My 5th and 6th throw were really close, but not quite. At the end of the day, the top 3 make the team and that is what I did. There is no Olympic team this year, but one day it will count and I will be wearing the red, white and blue!


After the meet, a bunch for the throwers meet up at Court Avenue Brewery! It is always great to mingle with the throwers after the meet. There were plenty of stories to be told and more laughing than I could take. Afterwards, it was off to bed for the flight home. I was so happy to get out of the hot, humid air and back to the mild and sunny weather in San Diego.

Adriane Blewitt, Amber Campbell, Britney Henry and Kara Patterson :)

My next meet is going to be the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene! Back to my home track and competing against the best hammer throwers in the world. My family will be there and I am so happy that they get to come. The Prefontaine Classic will be televised on NBC from 4:30pm until 6pm this Saturday. I hope they show a few throws of the hammer, but I am guessing they will just show the results. I am also excited for Pre, because now I only have one cue to think about.

: )

I am not sure what my summer plans are yet. I hope to get over to Europe for a few meets, but I am still trying to find some more meets, so if you know of any let me know. :)

Have a great week!

Brit

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Almost SHOWTIME!

Drake Stadium!

Since I have a 2 hour layover in the beautiful Denver airport, I thought I would give you guys/gals a quick update on how everything is going.

My smile grows bigger and bigger the closer I get to Iowa and the 2010 National Championship. : ) I am very happy with how my hammer training is going and where my mind is at. Training has never been a problem for me. I go into the ring everyday and execute the given cues.

Now, on the other hand, I am a pretty emotional thrower, I will admit it. When I first started throwing the hammer, I would cry after one bad warm-up throw! The next year, I cried after every meet, good or bad. Now, I may only tear up a little if I do really well. I think what snapped me out of my flood of tears, were a few little words from my friend Kathrin Klaas, "It takes too much energy to cry, and it takes away from your training." That really hit me and it is so true! Crying is wasted energy, and I need as much energy that I can get.

My emotions don't play as many games as they once did. This year is the first year that I truly believe in myself. It is weird for me to say, because I always thought that I did. I can't tell you the exact moment that it happened, but it feels great to finally believe in myself. That is a big reason why my mind can't mess with me anymore. I know what I have to do to throw far and I know that I can do it!

The National Championship's are here and I am ready. I throw on Saturday at 3:20 pm Central Time, in Des Moines, Iowa. The meet is going to be televised, and may highlight the hammer, if we are lucky!

Here is the schedule:
ESPN - June 25 - 8:00 - 10:00 pm
ESPN - June 26 - 1:00 - 2:30 pm
NBC - June 26 - 3:00 - 4:00 pm
ESPN - June 27 - 1:00 - 2:30 pm
NBC - June 27 - 3:00 - 4:00 pm


Other than getting ready for Nationals, I got my car back!!! I was right, I threw a rod through the block and through the pan - if you are going to break something, better do it good, right? The Padres are still kicking butt, and I happy that they are. It is great to come to work and see the ballpark full of Padre fans!

Best of luck to all my friends competing this weekend! I can't wait to see you all compete and kick butt!

Be sure to check out my Facebook Fan Page and Twitter because I will be posting updates and pictures!

Have a great rest of the week and weekend!

Britney

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Gearing up for Nationals:)

Hayward and the awesome rainbow~


As I sit here in the San Francisco airport waiting for the fog to go away, I thought that this would be a great time to catch you all up on what is going on in my hammer life and life in general.

My hammer life has been pretty quiet. This season has been going great, with me throwing a bit farther each meet. My last meet was the California Relays. The meet was pretty short and sweet. Going into the meet, my body was still feeling the effects from the Tucson Elite. The week leading up to the California Relays, my body just felt like jello and wasn't as snappy as it usually is.

The day of the California Relays, my body finally felt like it was ready for six hard throws, but my tummy wasn't thinking the same. I sort of mistimed my food intake and was starving going into the meet. I thought I ate breakfast late enough to have a light snack before I threw. Well, that was not the case. Two granola bars were not enough and my tummy was rumbling the whole time. With that said, tummy rumbling and all, I figured I had enough energy for one good throw. My second throw was the best, 70.23 meters, and the rest of the meet went downhill from there. I was pretty happy with getting a throw out to 70 meters on an empty stomach.

After the meet, coach and I thought that it would be a good idea to go into Nationals as fresh as I can...meaning resting my body feeling as good as it can. So my next meet will be the USA National Championships in Des Monies, Iowa. I throw on the 25th, so I have about a weeks until I compete next.

This last week, I was Eugene, Oregon, with my coach, Lance Deal. This trip could not have come at a better time. Life in San Diego is kind of getting crazy, which it tends to do before Nationals.

Two weekends ago, I drove out to Parker, Arizona for a weekend of relaxing with my family. The river is a place I like to go to clear my head. I enjoy doing nothing but floating in the water and lying in the sun. Well, it almost turned out like that. I under-estimated the power of 110 degree heat. My body didn't handle it too well and I spent most of the time inside eating rice cakes and raisins.

I left on Sunday with my cousin's fiancee, Jill, to get back to San Diego. My flight to Eugene was scheduled for Monday morning and Jill had to get back to work. 50 miles outside of San Diego, my car decided to blow up...literally. We heard a boom, smoke starting bellowing out from under the car and the oil was pouring out of the engine. Now, just to give you all a heads up. I am not a girly - girl who has no idea where the dip stick is. When I was little, I would sit right outside the garage door and watch my grandpa re-build engines. So, yes my car had oil in it, and no, it wasn't running hot. But, I do have to say it was stupid on my part to drive through the desert in the middle of the day. In the back of my mind I thought my car could handle it. Right now, my poor car at Bond’s Automotive waiting to get fixed. I am not positive what happened, but I am pretty sure a rod broke and went through the block... AGH.

Needless to say, this past week in Eugene was a great way to clear the mind and figure out what to do with the car. I am lucky to have a great cousin who will help me figure out what is wrong with it... thanks Matt.

This past week was spent in Eugene tuning up my technique for Nationals. All went as planned and Operation Keeping Left Heel Down is starting to work. I felt some great positions in the throw and my body is starting to handle far throws now, without feeling like it was just run over by a truck.

Dan O'Brien, Ian Dobson myself and Chris Solinsky

Besides coming to see Lance and get some great coaching before Nationals, I also par took in other great activities while in Eugene. Thursday, I talked with some young trackster with the Win With Integrity Program. It is always great to talk to the youngest and let them know my story about how I got into the hammer throw. The Win With Integrity Program is aimed at letting kids know that drugs are not the answer to winning, hard work and the love for you sport is.


From the turf fields, looking at Hayward~

Friday. I was off to the Oregon Track and Field Reunion. I didn’t know too many people, but it was great to catch up with the people that I did know. NCAA National Championships were also in town this week, so it was great to watch some great performances. I posted a few pictures from around the University of Oregon and a few shots from the track meet. They are on my Facebook fan page, so be sure to check them out!

I hope everyone had a great weekend and Happy Training :)

~ Britney

“The hay is in the barn.” - Lance Deal ... he always says this to me around this time of the year : )
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