First event was Heavy Hammer - the event that caused my back injury. I was extremely nervous and I was hoping beyond hope that hammer would not be the first event. But it was. I was extremely timid in my throws and have taken all hammer throws down to two winds to relieve the twisting pressure off my spine.
Heavy Hammer: 57' 4.5" - 15/18
Next was Light Hammer. I was feeling a bit more warmed up by the time we got to the light hammer. There were 18 B class throwers which made for a lot of sitting and waiting. Still only two winds.
Light Hammer: 79' 3" - 8/18
After being moved around the entire field we finally settled in for Heavy Weight for Distance. I have been practicing with a 42# weight(what Lightweight Class throws), but the B class throws a 56#. Needless to say I looked a bit off and rather ridiculous.
HWFD: 11' 1.5" - 18/18
After embarassing myself we moved all over the field AGAIN and then got to work out light weight for distance. I did not do as well as I had hoped, and in watching the video I noticed I had no acceleration in the second turn.
LWFD: 38' 4" - 16/18
We then finally broke for lunch. My day was growing longer and longer. My back was getting tighter and tighter with each event. But I had my back support on so the pain was not always "raging". After lunch we finally got to the stones. I was happy because this is MY EVENT...or so I thought...
BRAEMAR: 27' 4"- 7/18
OPEN STONE: 33' 4" - 10/18
And now for the two events I dread the most...
17' 90# CABER; 25 DEGREES - 15/18
Weight Over Bar is one that I knew I should not be throwing with my bulging discs. I do not have the ability to activate my hips and extend my back for this event, but...did it anyways. I came extremely close to clearing the opening height of 10'.
OVERALL PLACING: 15TH
I love Highland Games and throwing. I love the competition and the comraderie. I won't let it be taken away from me. I felt GREAT the next day...almost like all that throwing snapped something back into place.
Lots of rehabbing. With the correspondance of John Paul Guidry, Matt Vincent, and others I will get my game back. I am took a whole week off with NOTHING - no throws, lifting, running, etc... Next week will be full of stretching, rolling, MWOD stuff, jogging, and any upper body lifts that DO NOT involve my injured back. I will re-assess myself at the end of the week next week. I probably won't compete until again till June or July. Only time will tell.
Keep Moving Forward,