Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Meet #2 Birmingham DL 2015

June 8, 2015

Hello everyone,

I had my second outdoor meet of the year and I threw 18.30m for 4th place. Can we say a rough day at the office? I can honestly say that I gave my all for that day but my timing and rhythm was waaaay off.  Training has been going pretty good. I knew coming into the meet that I would most likely have timing issues.  In the throws timing is very important and being off by a quarter of a second makes a difference. I think I could have been a whole second off. Lol…. But that’s just life, you have to be ready for whatever, adjust, and still be able to move forward. I adjusted the best way I could and gave it my all.

On the days when you don’t have your best performances you have to find at lease one thing that was positive or, some people would say, one thing that you did right. You can’t beat yourself up for everything that doesn’t go according to your plan. We can make all the plans in the world and God’s plans could be totally different. You may want to win all the time and you may not. You may want to set a personal best every time you compete but you may not. In every situation, shortcomings, and even failures there is something to be learned. Sometimes, it’s just not your time.

With technical events you have to do it over and over and over and over and over and over and over again. Throwing the shot is not a natural movement. It takes hundreds and even thousands of repetitive throws and drills to get it right. My dad always asked how many times does it take to get it right? And the answer is, how ever many times it takes you to get it right…. Lol… think about it. There is no set magical number. You have to keep working to get it right, until you get it right.

On your bad days don’t beat yourself up. Find the positive and keep working and keep pushing sooner or later you will get it. Then it will be your turn to shine.


Until next time,


Michelle Carter