I wanted to update everyone on how my training has been going and on my upcoming events I have planned in preparation for my Olympic Gold.
I had the opportunity to make a trip to Las Vegas in September to watch the world championships. It was an extremely motivating experience for me. I saw some great wrestling and I got a chance to see how matches were being won and it gave me a lot of ideas on how I need to approach the way I train. As good as the competition looked, I still walked away with the confidence that I have what it takes to accomplish my goals.
After the world championships, I took a couple of weeks for some mental recovery from the last year’s season. I got back on the mat at the beginning of October. I definitely feel like I have a strong base under me now compared to what I had last year when I first stepped back on the mat. My progress has been slow, but it has been consistent. My conditioning is feeling great; my takedown ability, my par terre offense and defense have made drastic improvements since I’ve started. There are always things that I can improve on and there probably always will be but I honestly feel like I am technically the best wrestler that I’ve been in my life. I know if I can keep progressing as consistent as I have been that I will be where I need to be when the time comes.
I have a busy schedule the next month and a half with a training camp and four competitions. First off, I will compete at the NYAC international tournament on November 6, in Manhattan, NY. Following that, I will be making a trip overseas to Finland for two international competitions and a week long training camp. I will start the trip off with the Vantaa Cup Invitational in Vantaa, Finland on Nov. 21. Following the Vantaa Cup, I will attend a week long training camp with a number of competitors from the competition. Then, I will finish the trip with the Arvo Haavistio tournament in Ilmajoki, Finland on November 28. Lastly, before the year’s end, I will compete in the US Nationals in Las Vegas, NV on December 17-19.
Although I always like to do my best when I compete, it will be important for me not to put too much pressure on the results of these competitions. I will use these competitions as tests on where I am at and what I need to work on for the Olympic Trials which is ultimately the most important competition before the Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil. Everything prior to the Olympics I consider training for my ultimate goals.
I put the link to the National Championships and the Fliers to the Finland competitions below.
Thank you for your support!
Please click on the links below to access tournament information for upcoming events:
(After clicking on above link, click on 2015 Bill Farrell International Open. This will take you to events page where you can select, Results, Brackets, Greco and 75kg to look at the live bracket. Brackets should be posted late Thursday evening the 5th of November.)
The following are links and flyers for the upcoming Finland events:
November 21, 2015 Vaanta Cup
November 28, 2015 Haavisto Tournament
November 22-27, 2015-Training camp in Finland