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Tom Pukstys
Sat Jul 13, 2013 10:45

Thu Jul 4, 2013 10:17

In order to stay competitive it is absolute that you make small adjustments for each meet. I rarely feel the same, but must find a way to get a solid result or I don't belong on the circuit.
For example: Some meets, warm-ups went great, easy to go 80m, so you know it can go if you just compete. Other meets, 74m in warm-ups was tough, but I still needed 83 or 84m, so it took mostly mental energy to find your limit that day.
There were many meets where I would start agressively, have a good result, but hold back a little in round 3 or 4 to try to grab onto a technical piece I wanted, then go for it in round 5 and 6 with a new mental intention.
As for the crossover...doing an extra one is not an adjustment, that would be like a system revamp to me. I trained my run-up enough to reproduce the same plant point on the runway 99 out of 100 times without looking at any check marks. It was rythym. If I changed that, it would most likely lead to failure. I really worked very hard on my run-up for consistency and that would be something I wouldn't change.
Adjustments would be like...trying extra on the impulse step, keeping my arm back...either by relaxing it back, or at times having to use a litte force to keep it back. Maybe raising or lowering my arm position to find a better feeling that day etc.
You can ask Jeff about my training as he was there a lot during my best years. He would tell you we worked hard on the run-up and the throwing to minimize inconsistent skills.

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