Saturday, August 18, 2012

Journey To Rio
A Shot For Rio

My first day throwing the shot put, it wasn't bad at all.  It felt comfortable in terms of the throwing or "putting" motion except for some uncomfortably feeling in the wrists.  I guess I'll have to strengthen even the tiniest muscles haha. As I mentioned I was blessed enough to have high school coaches that are willing to help me.  Actually yesterday was quite a day!  When I arrived to pick up the shot put I was able to meet the pole vault coach at my high school and he gave me loads of valuable tips and resources on who to contact for training, in fact next week he will be putting me upside down to simulate the feeling of flying through the air on the pole upside down. Scary right! This is why I ran away from it in high school but its time to embrace it head on.  Ok moving on, as I'm about to leave one of the other coaches tells me he used to do the decathlon for fun in his younger days and he threw pretty far too! He began to give me advice on his event too, the javelin! So before I left I had no coaches and resources for the shot put, the discus, javelin, or pole vault and after I left I had everything covered. God is Great!

Ok fast forward one day till today, I actually threw the shot put about 27 feet, not that far compared to the 40 something feet the professional shot putters are throwing right now. I won't be discouraged, I have 4 years to get it right but yea, it was fun out there! You can see from the video below and the pics how I did! My throwing form was barbaric and I haven't even hit the lower body power lifts necessary to be a champ at this event.  Time in the gym needs to increase in focus on lower body.  
Stay Tuned........
God Bless You

Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Tools

Journey To Rio
The Tools
I was able to run into a shot put and discuss today. One of my high school coaches was willing to let me borrow them. What a blessing! I would be spending upwards of $250 to buy all the equipment but now I can train no problem. There is one issue though, no coach. I can self train for all events except the aforementioned. So if there are any of you out there who know a coach for me please let me know.

God bless!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Journey To Rio
A Journey

So I named this blog Journey To Rio for a reason.  It is because this 47 month journey isn't one I can do alone.  There are many people who will help contribute to my success and get me where I need to get.  Today my sister helped me with my on track workouts, you can see her in the video below. I know as I get closer the support and people involved will increase. These workouts are not fun, let me just put it that way.  Sometimes I ask myself why am I putting myself through this? Alas this is not a negative post, I will never be the one to let something get me down.  I truly enjoy every second of the tough running and lifting because all I see in front of me is a huge crowd of people screaming and waving because they are at the Olympics.  Anytime I'm lifting and I am on my last set or on my last run and I need something to push me through I just imagine I am there.  I stand there waiting to run the final event of the decathlon, the 1500m. There are 60,000 people screaming at the top of their lungs waiting to see the spectacle that is the worlds greatest athlete except I hear nothing.  A calm comes over me, one of confidence.  This is what I visualize.

I contacted a high school friend of mine to see if he could find me a coach for the shot put and pole vault.  He was able to direct me in the right direction.  As I mentioned before, I have little to no experience with these events.  I will be looking to meet him soon and find out how I can train for them.  This is a good sign, things are coming together.  I'm grateful to Christ for one other thing today.  No Injuries, in fact my ankles are getting stronger and the power that I lost from my right leg from previous injury is coming back. All I have to do is continue to rehab and work hard everyday.

God Bless,
Proverbs 16:3

Monday, August 13, 2012

Journey To Rio
No Injuries

The journey to Rio continues, so I have been doing some thinking the last few days.  To set the goal of being a decathlete might not neccesarily be the best idea simple because I did not compete in the pole vault and shot put in high school, in fact I have no prior experience in the pole vault at all.  I am not saying I will give up on the decathlon entirely.  With a good coach, I could certainly compete in it but what seems like a better idea would be to focus on my strongest even through highschool and college. This would be the triple jump and long jump. After the Olympics I was doing some research and I see that Nigeria had only one triple jumper, Tosin Oke and one long jumper, Stanley Gbabeke. Each nation is allowed to have two athletes per event if they meet the olympic standard.  This is what my goal will be over the next 3 1/2 years, to reach that olympic standard in both events and stay away from any sort of injuries.  Today was a lower body day filled with lunges, reverse lunges, step ups, etc. These workouts are something I am so unaccostomed to because as I mentioned, I didn't really lift any weight, especially not lower body in high school or college.  So I hope to get a lot stronger in my lower body and hopefully this translates to the track.  All I have to do is stay injury free. If this means taking as much as 3 straight days off when I feel something, then so be it.  My competitions don't begin till december so I will have time to be in perfect shape.  
Road To Rio Continues.......

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Journey To Rio
Citious, Altious, Fortious

Today was my second lifting session.  In order to be a good decathlete I need to be strong, plain and simple. Not just in the upper body but especially in the lower body. A lot of people think it takes strong arms to throw the javelin and shot put but really most of the power is coming from the legs.  So I will spend the next 3 months getting as strong and as powerful as I can get.  Today was an upper body only day mainly because of the tough running workout from yesterday.  I didn't want to risk injury so I made an executive desition. That is what most of it will be like for me.  I have to go by how my body feels because if I overtrain and get injured, then there was no point of doing the whole thing in the first place.  Going back to my plans, I plan to begin by competing in open indoor meets here all over the state of Ohio in places like Cleveland, Cinccinnati, and Columbus.  Most of the track meets are not structured like the decathlon where the ten events are split over two days.

The events are the 100m, 400m,1500m, 110m hurdles, long jump, high jump, discus, pole vault, javelin, and shot put.  I have to be selective in what events to compete in and when. Yesterday I examined the best times of Ashton Eaton and Trey Hardee and from there set my own goals.  Ashton Eaton ran 10.3 sec in the 100m dash. Trust me I'm not planning on running the decathlon world record when I line up on the Capital University track in December.  I would like to run a time in the 11's first.  I have made initial goals for each even based on my previous experiences and what I believe I am currently capable of.  So that's it, the next step on the administrative part is to find a coach, and also eventually to find sponsors when I begin to compete in bigger meets. One last note, it looks like I might actually be competing in another big meet before the Rio Olympics in 2016, the Commonwealth games. I didn't realize as a competitor for Nigeria, which is part of the commonwealth I would be eligible to compete in Glasgow 2014. Well we'll see

Stay Tuned.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Journey To Rio

August 5th, 2016, I line up on next to Trey Hardee and Bryan Clay on a track in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to run the first event of the decathlon the 100m dash.  The gun goes off, and we're off!, I stumble out of the blogs momentarily but regain my form mid-race and cross the finish line in 10.1 seconds. He's set a new world record for the decathlon!  
Rewind to present, I am currently sitting at my home here in Dublin, Ohio after my first sprint workout in over 4 years.  I ran two 300meters, two 200 meters and one 100meters.  It was the most painful workout I have done and the most painful since I first started running as a 10 year old.  I re-familiarized myself with something called lactic acid as it rushed into my gluteus maximus and my hamstrings, I could barely sit down on the way back from the track.  So you're wondering why? Why put myself through all of this pain for a dream that seems so far fetched and near impossible.  Well it's because I believe I can become an olympian, and I believe was blessed with a talent that still hasn't been tapped to the fullest yet.  You see in high school I was a great track athlete but never reached my full potential.  I walked by the records board today and saw the record for the long jump, 21' 6. As I walked away exhausted, I realized I was only 8 inches away from the record because I jumped 20'10' in my last jump as a senior on a bum knee and severely injured ankles.  As I walked out of the stadium I reminisced of what could have been but for the injuries and a lack of training seriously.  I never even had a regular weightlifting program during high school.  All of my success was based on pure natural abilities. As I walked away a feeling set over me, not one of regret but one of rejuvenation.  After walking on at Ohio University and competing one year before a removal of the men's track team , I was without any sport.  I spent the next few years playing recreational sports again, aquiring one ankle injury after another.  After graduating in 2011 was my first time I truly rested and recouped from years of injuries.  So here I am today nearly fully healed and rehabbing and armed with my undergrad education in exercise physiology degree.I  know what to do to have my body in the best shape it can be to achieve my dream that was put on hold for a few years. Starting in December I will be competing as an unattached athlete in several of the individual events of the decathlon.  The pole vault and shot put will be the most challenging but I have already found potential coaches in these.  I have already started a 5 day a week training program that will build strength, power, and speed.  I hope I start to see gains in my running and performances down the line. So, will I be in Rio in 2016, that's yet to be determined.  But will I work the hardest I have every worked ever? You can bet I will.  Follow me on my journey