I competed in Tucson, Arizona last weekend at one of the most fun competitions of the year! Every May, the majority of elite American throwers head to the University of Arizona for a meet that features only field events, and focuses on the throws. It's always exciting to see long-time friends and enjoy great weather!
Two meets are held at Tucson Elite; one on Thursday, and the same format on Saturday. In the past, I've thrown both days (because why not and it's good major championship experience), but this year I knew my knee couldn't quite handle that quick of a turnaround yet. I watched and cheered on Thursday and competed on Saturday.
Here's the Coach's Eye video Russ took of my first and best throw:
It traveled 59.97m, which is exactly the same result I had in Doha! Here is the results page for the entire Saturday meet. All six of my throws were better than 56 meters, and my last one felt superior technically to the other ones. I took six hard throws again, and my knee felt great!
So, this was my third competition of the season right around 60 meters. I'm very forward at delivery, stemming from not accelerating quite enough alllllll the way through my crossovers and pushing with my right leg. Staying back and not pushing is what I have been working on for the last week, and I feel pretty good about it going into my next competition. I'm doing my best not to be impatient with my distances, as seeing the video tells me there's much more there and simply being on the runway still brings me so much satisfaction! A little bit of aggravation helps focus the mind, though, and feeling competitiveness creep back into my system is doing that for me.
I leave for Rome on Tuesday! Check the Diamond League website for results on Thursday if you are so inclined, and see Universal Sports for online broadcasting information. :)