Monday, June 14, 2010

The loneliness of a discus thrower

I've found that I like the solitude of throwing the discus and shot put on our recent pleasant Fresno evenings. For about an hour, I'm locked in on my goal of doing better -- a few inches at a time.

I relax as I throw each implement and then go fetch them. It's part of the learning process. I throw and then figure out what I need to do to get better as I walk back to the throwing circle. I think a lot during this process, although not quite enough judging by my incremental improvement. The shot put is about strength and explosiveness at launch and the discus is about strength and a bit of ballet as you try to get most out of the toss.

The proper technique is crucial in both events. I've been watching the best in these events on YouTube videos. My technique leaves much to be desired.

While I like the solitude of practice, on some days I wish I had someone to spot my marks and then help measure them. I usually eyeball my distance and then pace off the number of yards to where I think it landed. It's not very precise. The shot put is easy to mark because it makes a big dent in the pit. But the discus is a little tougher because the throw is longer and it lands on grass.

It's time to throw the discus and the shot. Anyone out there want to catch them for me?