The World Championship bronze medallist and World Cup winner Valerie Adams of New Zealand is making a good comeback after recent injury. At the national track and field championships held in Jubilee Park, Inglewood (2 – 4 March), she improved on her 18.32 season opener with a solid series of efforts (all over 18m) resulting in a best of 18.84m to win the Women’s Shot Put competition.
“Well this month has been pretty full on with a lot of things happening. I also competed at 2 competitions already this month, improving my distance at both events. I also collected my 7th NZ National tittle which was cool with a throw of 18.84m...”
“I am now upping the intensity of my training in the gym and out throwing. It's a hard time but I am working through it, getting my strength levels up etc....”
“My shoulder seems to be holding up well, still not 100% but every week is improving which is great, it keeps me positive and more determined as I know what I am capable of and strife real hard to get there ASAP but as the saying goes...Good Things Take Time!!!! and it sure will.”
“I am going overseas to Melbourne on the 19 April for 8 days for a training camp then to Japan to Shizuoka for a competition which I am really looking forward to. By then I would have had a solid 5 weeks of hard training.”
“I don't know who else will be taking part at this competition but I am certainly looking forward to leaving New Zealand to get more focused on training with no other distractions around. eg...work!”
“Other parts of my life has been busy with work and family time but it's all part of the process and it's important I have another life outside of athletics and plus I enjoy hanging with my husband and friends and family.”
“Till next time”
---Since Adams wrote her diary entry, publication of which was delayed by the news from the World XC in Mombasa last weekend, she has made even greater improvements in Auckland on Saturday (24), with her first Shot over 19m since her minor surgery on her shoulder in December. Adams had four attempts over 19 metres with her best of 19.47m coming in round one.
"Things are coming together, I am improving each time I compete and it was very satisfying having four over 19 metres," said Adams.
"For now I am coming out trying to throw season's bests, that's what I can achieve at the moment. "It is exciting, knowing I haven't fully recovered as to know what I could possibly do when I am fully recovered," she added.
This latest effort comes on top of her 18.98m, at Sovereign Stadium last week and 18.84m in taking the national title in Inglewood.