New Year Blog

18th Feb, 2014

Happy New Year

As they say “Time Flies when you’re having fun” well it seems to speed along even faster when you’re grinding out the session’s and trying get as strong as the preverbal OX. Already the months are racing along head first into 2014, where does this time go?  The hard winter work of 2013 seem so long ago, all the sweat and amounts of pain so far has all been worth it. The fast approaching season will soon mean that it’s time to concentrate more on the business end of training the outdoor throws.

London 2012, that famous summer of Olympic and Paralympic success will be almost two years behind us. Great times to remember but I’ve put it well behind me and I’m getting excited about my future opportunities.This summer I have two great chances to add to my progression with the Commonwealth games in Glasgow in July for Team England and the European championships in Swansea where I aim to make it my forth title. Both will be very exciting competitions on home soil but I really can’t wait to represent my home nation of England at the highest competition outside the Olympic games. I was born in 1982 (A long time ago i know) but I was also born whilst the Commonwealth games were on which seems very ironic that ill be competing for England 31 years later!

Having seen the gains I’ve made in the gym and the technical aspects implemented in the throw, this year should give us an extra element on where we left off last year with my SB just outside of the 60m mark. This big year has got off to a great start and off the back of some hardcore weights in the gym, I feel stronger and fitter than ever. I

n the gym I have been really working on my main weakness, my leg strength. The Olympic lifts, squats and many deadlifts have all massively improved gaining pb’s. The stats show we are currently in a great place: Snatch: 105kg Deadlift: 287kg PushPress: 2x145kg.

What makes me even happier is that the nights are getting lighter, which means that not only is summer coming and i need a tan desperately but outdoor throwing is upon us. Yay! Despite all the technical throwing indoors there is nothing like throwing outdoors and seeing that discus fly which will definitely be ramping up in the coming months, but its way too cold at night to be throwing, thank goodness for warm indoor facilities.

As a field athlete it is a long old slog until we compete in the summer season. With limited indoor discus competitions its all about beasting the gym, working hard throwing into a net and then venturing to warmer, sunnier times to put last minute touches to the months of hard work before the season starts.

Having normally been away in January to Stellenbosch SA to give ourselves a chance of throwing more regularly and breaking the year up, missing the sun and chance to throw outside I thought would have been tougher but we have had some productive sessions and making everything count in the indoor Loughborough facility. Having all my training partners back is making the work easier. The only factor of jealousy is seeing their radiant tans.

I will keep you updated on any news and any exciting things that happen on this site. Hopefully allot more interesting than gym and throwing work!

You can keep up to date with all my progress on: Twitter: @DiscusDan Facebook: Dan Greaves


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