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Harry Marra Talks about Ashton Eaton’s training (video) Part 2

Here is the second video of Harry Marra at the “World’s Greatest Track & Field Clinic.”  This clinic was on Feb 3, 2013 at Westmont College.  The clinic benefited the “Women’s Athletic Performance Foundation” – http://www.wapf.us/

They are always looking for donations, so if you like what you see, go to http://www.wapf.us/donate-with-paypal.html and donate.

In this video, Harry discusses

  1. Pole Vault technique
  2. Speed Weights
  3. Pool workouts
  4. Weights
  5. Training week
  6. And lots of stories.

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Categories: Coaching, Decathlon, Pole Vault, Sprinting, Throwing | Leave a comment

My Masters American Record — or when is a Record not a Record

I don’t typically write about myself on this blog, but this is a special occasion, so here it goes…

My American Record

Over the weekend of March 3, 2012, I broke the “recognized” M40 Heptathlon American Record.  I’m super proud of my accomplishment, but at the same time I know there should be an asterisk by my name and mark.

Here’s a link to the USATF 40-44 American Records — unfortunately, I have no idea when it will be updated.  When it is, my name will appear on the same list as such greats as Dwight Stone (HJ world record holder, 2 time Olympic metalist), Gail Deavers (3 time Olympic Gold metalist, 5 time world outdoor champion, 4 time indoor world champion: 100m, 100H, 4×100), Brian Oldfield (SP world record holder and Olympian), Johnny Gray (800M American Record Holder and Olympic Bronze metalist), Pat Manson (PV 19foot club, 3 time Pan American games champion), Ray Kimble (TJ — 57′ club).  It’s completely surreal.  But that’s Masters track for you; you get some true greats on the same list as some really goods. Continue reading

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Shot Put — Shuffle Technique — Ashton Eaton video

I attended a clinic on Feb 3th given by Harry Marra, Ashton Eaton, and Brianna Theisen. We were allowed to shadow their regular training day and ask questions at the end of each event. I plan to post a few article based on the clinic, the first being this one.

The first event was Shot Put, and if you don’t already know, Ashton and Brianna follow the very unconventional technique usually called “The Shuffle”. Purest scoff at this technique, but I’m not convinced it doesn’t have its place, especially with multi-eventers. There are at least two professional women now using this technique, both with PRs over 20m (for reference, 20.00m would have gotten you 4th at the 2012 Olympics).

Anna Avdeeva placing 3rd at EU Championship. See 0:55 second at the following video.

Petra Lammert throwing 19.22m can be seen here.

Finally, here is the video from the clinic. Continue reading

Categories: Decathlon, Heptathlon, Shot Put, Throwing | 4 Comments