First Training of the Season at Mooney’s Bay

I looked around today at my javelin buddies and I realized just how different we all are and yet we all work together so well!  Each one of us brings something of value to the practices.  I am so lucky to be able to train with such experienced and amazing throwers.  Instead of comparing myself to them (which could be very discouraging 🙂 ) I see them as inspiring.  I want to learn as much as possible and I couldn’t be happier with the group that I train with.

Bill never misses anything.  He has an eagle eye for every detail and every throw and can tell you exactly what you did right and what you did wrong.  I guess that is why he was an Olympian 🙂

Even though it was beautiful and sunny today it was really windy and cold so it makes it a bit more challenging to throw.  It’s so important to keep our shoulder muscles warm so you don’t get injuries.

My footwork was really off today since it was the first time I used my javelin cleats on the running strip.  I wasn’t used to the grip and I had to do a lot of experimenting.  I eventually got the hang of it but it certainly wasn’t my best day.  I’m just glad I have time to practice on this track before the school track meets start in a couple weeks.

Kashani is a complete fitness guru and a blast to train with.  She always brings great energy, new ideas, and nutrition tips for us.  I love her enthusiasm and positive outlook.

When Tom throws he runs like a strong gazelle and the javelin just soars perfectly every time.  I really admire his dedication to the sport.  He works so hard all the time that it makes me want to work hard.  I like being challenged like that.

It’s great how we all support each other and help each other out.

Every time I watch Dominque throw I’m in awe.  She makes it look so easy and the javelin just goes forever.  She’s such a power house.  I hope that I can throw like her someday!

I always feel like Dominque has my back.  She’s taken on a big sister role and it’s awesome.  She is a 6th time National Womans Champion so I feel very honored to be able to train with her.

I’m sure Bill likes having Tom around to keep him in company with all us girls 🙂


Bill is such an experienced coach that he knows exactly when to pull one of us over to fine tune something.  He spends so much time with each of us individually that you know you are getting the best of the best instruction.  We are all at different levels so what works for person might not work for the another but Bill figures us all out.

It was a shame that Val (another one of the group) was not there tonight.  We also train with the decathletes but they weren’t there either.  As I said, everyone brings something of value to the practices.  Val brings a strong competitive edge.

After track I went to TKD for 2 hours.  I was so excited that I learned the second 3rd degree pattern (yoo-sin).  I learned all 68 movements in 20 minutes!!!!  I think even Mr. LeGrow was impressed 🙂 Then I did it over and over to make sure it was in my memory.  I’ll be practicing it as much as possible for the next few weeks and then I’ll be have time to learn the last pattern before the PanAm Championships.  I’m used to having a couple years to perfect a pattern before competing at a high level so this is a real challenge to learn 3 patterns and try to perfect them before competing in a couple months!