Thursday, December 29, 2011

A good day at the office

Today was a pretty good training day. I started off with 3 PBs out of 4 events during shot put training this morning. I did another PB in overhead and underhand shot with 18.26m and 16.51m respectively. Then I did a PB standing shot put (which is a half shot put throw from the centre of the circle, rather than the full throw from the back (called a glide)) of 13.28m. It was only a 3cm PB but still awesome to be in PB form!

Then this afternoon I did some long jump, about 5.50m, well off my best of 5.95m but it was off a short run up and the main thing was that the foot was able to cope with running 100% on the long jump runway. Even better was that I did long jump two days after my first longer running session on Tuesday with 2x600m and the foot coped with that. So I am starting to be able to back up sessions, rather than do a session and then not be able to do anything for a week due to pain. In a two day event like heptathlon backing up is pretty important!

A great way to see out 2011 and look forward to 2012....yeah it's Olympic year!

Friday, December 23, 2011

A Merry Christmas?

I was just about to do a bit of a Merry Christmas post when I heard that there have been a couple of big earthquakes back in Christchurch this afternoon. I feel sick just thinking about what everyone at home is going through, and it bought the horrible memories flooding back for me...and I can only imagine that it is far worse actually being there. It seems so cruel just before Christmas when everyone was starting to relax a little and look forward to a new year and a fresh start. The images on TV of the liquefaction pouring down the streets in the eastern suburbs are heartbreaking, as are the plumes of dust all over the city. I am supposed to be flying home tonight, but at the moment the airport is closed. I hope everyone in Christchurch can manage to have the merriest Christmas possible and that 2012 brings stable ground, Kia Kaha.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Photos of new training facility

A couple of photos of the new HPSNZ training facility at the Forsyth Barr Stadium:

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Brand spanking new gym

This afternoon I competed in the shotput and javelin at interclub. I was really pleased with my shot, 13.85 was my best, which is the furthest I have ever thrown at this time of year. It was also the first time I have done a full glide throw since Delhi, so great to be out close to 14 off only standing throw training. Javelin was a bit rubbish, but have been doing some good training so not too concerned about that!

I also ran 100% for the first time yesterday. I did 2x40m flat out....felt awesome and a good step towards racing very soon! The foot is ok, not 100% pain free but I am managing it with lots of help from Geoff (massage), Helen (physio) and Richard (podiatrist).

Here's a small video of some of the fun stuff we did in the gym today...jumping up onto a 110cm box, and throwing a 6kg medicine ball into the wall.

This also happens to be the official first training session to christen the new gym at the Forsyth Barr Stadium where the new High Performance Sport NZ training facility is based. Its an awesome facility which we share with the Highlanders Super 15 rugby team....50m indoor track, recovery room with spa pool and cold pools, big open plan gym area and even a lounge for athletes to chill out in after...think I might move in permanently! The official opening of the facility is on Monday. Must try to not put a hole in the wall with a medicine ball before that!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Fellow heptathlete Sarah Cowley

We have just had Sarah Cowley down here in Dunners for the week for a bit of a training camp. It was awesome having my fellow heptathlon buddy around again (we used to flat together in Christchurch in 08/09 and have spent countless hours heptathloning together all around the world!). You can follow Sarah's Olympic journey on her website:

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Power clean test

We tested power cleans today in the gym with the aim of getting the top spot on the HPSNZ gym records board and breaking into triple figures. I got 92kg felt awesome. Next was 96kg, missed my first attempt and then got the 2nd was a pretty ugly catch which I had to fight to hold but managed to hang on for the finish! My back got pretty stiff because of the ugly way I caught the lift so we decided not to attempt 100kg....will just have to save that for 2012. But pretty stoked to have another PB and also be no.1 female on the board! I didn't have Angus to compete against this time, but heaps of support from the training buddies yelling and screaming...thanks guys! Videos to come....

Earthquake assistance

I was very lucky today to receive notification from the NZ Olympic Committee that I have been given a grant to assist me with costs incurred as a result of the Christchurch earthquakes. This has provided a massive boost, especially with the costs for my coach Andrew in travelling down from Christchurch to Dunedin for training sessions every couple of weeks. So a massive thank you goes to the NZOC and the International Olympic Committee....its great for us Christchurch athletes affected by the quakes to have your support towards our Olympic campaigns (For further info about the grants check out the NZOC story).

Friday, December 9, 2011

Another milestone...

I ticked off another milestone on the recovery journey this week with my first session running in spikes. On Tuesday I did 4 x 100m in spikes and yesterday 4 x 120m. It felt awesome to be running on the track, and semi-fast too, running at around 80%. The foot held up well and I think much of the inhibition I feel running now is me subconsciously protecting my foot...which will go away as confidence increases and I realise that it is strong and not going to break! I finished off the week with another PB in the overhead shot, getting out to 18m exactly. 

We are testing weights again next week, aiming for the big 100kg powerclean, yea! My good friend Sarah Cowley is coming down from Auckland to train for a few days next week too so will be awesome to have a fellow hepathlete training buddy for a bit!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

High Jump competition

Today we decided that instead of high jump training I would do the inter-club competition in Dunedin. I am still only working off a short run up (5 strides) due to the foot, but I still managed to jump 1.60m which I am stoked with. I haven't jumped that high at this time of year before, even off a full run up!

Its two months until National Champs and I still have a lot of work to do, especially in terms of upping the intensity in running and starting to do some hurdling....but I am making some progress!