Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Thank you- For another great season in the books!

Where I wish I was spending my rest time~

It is that time of the year....REST TIME

I get about 6-8 weeks off from training before the quest for Korea starts up. I will mostly use my rest time to work for the Padre's at Petco Park and visit family. I will still be active, just nothing too intense.

This is also a time to look back on my season and evaluate. Overall, I am very happy with how the season panned out. I threw a personal record, placed my highest finish ever at USA Nationals and moved up on the world ranking list. :)

USA Nationals~

I must also give thanks to those who have made my season a huge success!

I must start off the Thank You’s with my coaches, Lance Deal and Dan Pfaff. You both have showed me what it means to believe in myself. You may not know it, but every time that you both believe in me, I believe in myself that much more. You have both given me the tools to be The Captain of My Ship. I can't wait to see what next year brings. :)

Next, I must thank my family and friends. It feels great to be back home. Being back in San Diego has brought some normalcy back to my life, after a summer competing in Europe. At the end of the day, when I leave my training at the OTC, I finally get to go home to my family. You have all believed in me since the first day I started throwing the hammer. My dreams are all your wishes and hopes. Your support will be the greatest gift that you could ever give me, and I thank you all.

Thanks to all my track buddies that I train with at the Olympic Training Center. Kara Patterson, Becky Berisch, Jarred Rome, Russ Winger, Sean Furey , Mike Hazle, Becky Holliday, Brad Walker, Yoo Kim, Akiba Mckinney and Ty Sevin. You are all amazing and I look forward to each day I get to drive 25 minutes to train and see you guys. It is always nice to have someone to talk to on the throwing field and someone to keep my mind off the next set in the weight room. You are all amazing at your events and I can't wait to see how far you will all throw/jump next year.

Thank You to Tracy Lamb/USOC/USATF. Thank you for allowing me to train at the Olympic Training Center. You have provided everything that I could ever ask for in a training center. The welcoming environment at the center would have never happened if it wasn't for you, Tracy... thanks for believing in me!

The OTC~

Thank you to the OTC training room staff, Nancy Deal-Whitacre and Alicia Lamb. My body can not thank you guys enough!

Thank you to Ross Flowers. You will never know how much you need a sport psychologist until you start talking to one. You help me keep my mind going down the right path and not stopping to look at the butterflies. :)

Rita Somerlot and Connie Price-Smith, thank you for all the work you put into keeping up with the throwers. You do a great job!

To my fans on Facebook. Thank you for all the words of encouragement through the year. It is always nice to read them before I head out to the ring.

To my “Media Team”. You are all amazing at your jobs and I am thankful that you guys take time out of your day to help me. I appreciate all the work that you have all put into the BHP and I can't wait to see where it goes.

I am sure that I have forgot a few people that have helped me through the season. Please know that anyone who has put a smile on my face during the year or has given me advice, I truly appreciate it.

Enjoy the last few months of summer and keep smiling :)

Britney

“ I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul “

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Last chapter to the 2010 season!

Britney Henry

The last chapter has finally been written and my body can't thank me enough.

My mind would love another shot at throwing the hammer this season, but the story must end.

The past two weekends I competed in two small club meets here in Great Britain. The first in Mansfield and the second in Hull.

The meet in Mansfield was a pretty poor showing on my part. Going into the meet my body was not really feeling like throwing. To make matters worse, the wind was relentless, which made it pretty cold. I could not keep warm.

I figured if I took some Excedrin all would be better... not the case. The caffeine hit me and I was ready to go, but not in a good way! I was shaky/shivering from the caffeine and the cold. The combination of the two made throwing pretty difficult. To add to the situation, the ring was the slowest I have every thrown from in my life. Slow rings are not my favorite.  I ended the competition with my shortest throw of the season, but happy to get out of the cold and come off my caffeine jitters.

Yesterday I competed in Hull, my last meet of the 2010 season. The week prior to the meet, my practices had been going great. My throw/technique was making a last minute appearance! I was finally starting to feel what coach has wanted me to feel since the meet in Tucson...heel on 3 and 4. The hammers were not flying too far, but I figured a meet would take care of the distance.

Needless to say, yesterday was better than Mansfield, but I did not come close to my goal that I had set out for myself distance wise. I threw 66.00 meters/216 ft. Better, but still not what I wanted. My technique was there on most the throws, but the power factor was not. My goal while I was competing in Europe was to throw what it would take to make finals at the World Championships and the Olympics. I came close, but not close enough.

I end the season looking forward to the next. I may not have thrown the distance that I wanted, but I have ended the year where I want to be technically.

Overall, Great Britain has been great to me. Both Jean and Shaun Pickering have opened up their homes to me and I am very thankful for their hospitality. Lee Valley and Loughborough have also been kind enough to train at their amazing facilities. I would also like to thank everyone that helped run the club meets that I threw in...Throwsfest, Bedford, Mansfield and Hull. You all did an amazing job and I cannot thank you enough.

Amsterdam is next on my list and I head over there today. I am looking forward to the sights and exploring a new town.

Hope everyone enjoyed the little Q & A I had with the USATF Foundation. They are all amazing people and I cannot thank them enough for all the support they have given me.


Until next time...

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

USATF Foundation Q&A


Follow this link:
http://www.usatffoundation.org/elite/britneyhenry_q_a.asp to read some questions and answers about myself and my love for the hammer throw! Enjoy:)
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