Monday, March 14, 2011
It has been a long road as an athlete, I have finally reached a point in my career that my body gets what I have been hammering into it for years. It takes less effort to get to where I want to be.
I don't have to condition as hard as I used to. I don't have to throw as many throws for my body to get what I need to fix, my body finally gets it!
Now, I have to work on the mental part of this concept. I have to remind my brain that I don't have to beat up on myself to get a que, or to get a lift in the weight room. I knew that I was going to get to this point in my career eventually, but I never thought that it would be now.
Physical maturity is a wonderful thing. My body can recover and be ready for the next day. Practices are short and sweet and I have more time to rehab my body. The hard part about my body getting to this point is getting my brain on board. Training habits are hard to break. My mind still is in overdrive; harder, faster, stronger EVERYDAY and EVERY MINUTE! Getting my mind to back off has been a task. I have gone hard everyday since I started sports at a ripe age of 4! I think it is genetic because that is how my family is, so I will blame it on them. :)
This takes me to emotional maturity. If any of you had first saw me when I started to throw the hammer... I was a basket case. I would cry before, during, and after meets. I would cry about everything. (Sorry Ramona!)
One of first things Lance Deal said to me was, “Why do you cry so much?” I wanted to be perfect in the ring. And when I wasn't, I my frustration got the better of me and I cried. If my throw wasn't perfect in warm-ups, then my confidence went down the drain. After years of tears and years of being told that I am doing great, I finally got it... last year. :)
Well, I take that back. As I progressed in the hammer, the tears started to go away little by little. I still had my “freak-out” moments, but it wasn't until last year, that I knew that my hammer was going to fly and nothing was going to stop me. Not even a bad throw.
Last year was the first year that I really started to believe in myself, and was truly confident with my technique. I don't know how it happened but it did. I have to give credit to Dr. Flowers on this one. He has been an amazing for me, mentally. He helps me stay the course and get my game plan, planned out. He has helped me build confidence in myself, because now, I have a plan on how to get that “Perfect Throw” (in quotations because there is no such thing).
Planning is key. That is my next step for the season, planning what I want to do, when. When I want to body to be fresh, when my body can take some loads, and when I want my hammer to fly.
I am still figuring out this plan, but I think I will have a pretty good grasp of it after next weekend.
Next week I am heading up to good ole Eugene, Oregon to see Lance deal for come coaching, and to throw in the Oregon Preview to see how my technique works out in a meet.
I am pretty excited because I get to bust out my new uniform, aaaannnnnddd I get to compete!!!!
I hope everyone is as excited as I am for the outdoor season to start! It has been a long 6 months of training :)
"Most people have the will to win, few have the will to prepare to win." - Bobby Knight