Thing 1 had her first track meet of the year this afternoon. She had qualified to be an “A” thrower for both discus and shot put with almost no coaching (with only two coaches overseeing more than 100 kids, they are working just to keep things organized, never mind actually coach the different events). Thing 1 simply picked up tricks by watching her teammates and trying to emulate the more successful throwers.
Well, there’s also the incredibly good shape she’s in with all the martial arts training and running. We have laughed a lot about her practices, when she comes homing with tales of how the other girls can’t do more than 15 squats or push ups, and gas out after just a short jog, but I could see it at work during the meet. When you’re used to grappling with adults who often outweigh you, throwing a little lump of metal around is not as much of a challenge. She took first place in shot put for certain (I could hear the distances being called out, so I could track that myself), and we’re still waiting to get the results of the discus.
Her amazing success at today’s meet is a clear example of the benefits of young athletes training for multiple sports. Not only did her training in martial arts and running give her a boost in these field events, but we would never have known that she was capable of excelling as a thrower if she wasn’t given the freedom to try a new sport.
- 45 minutes BJJ
- 45 minutes MMA
- Smoothie: strawberries, kiwi, frozen blueberries, Plant Fusion protein powder, flax seed, and water
- Cinnamon raisin Ezekiel muffin with almond butter
- Vegan seitan quesadilla with guacamole
- Piece of dark chocolate
- Wasa crackers with hummus and guacamole
- Whole wheat veggie vegan pizza
- Thin mints