I live in Gainesville and am really interested in getting started in heavy athletics myself. Have you already started training or are you looking to get started?
I started training the events just a couple of weeks ago. I have no competitive throwing experience, so my technique is probably terrible; I’ve done a little O-lifting, though, and that helps. At this point I’m still getting a feel for the techniques and training implements. I’ve ordered a training DVD, but haven’t got it yet. So far I’ve got stones of various weights to practice the clachneart, an adjustable practice hammer (4’ PVC handle with weight plates for the “head”), and a not-quite-straight 16’ log for a practice caber. I’ve got a weight handle and a three-tined pitchfork coming in the mail this week.
I’ve been practicing throws at the local baseball field. I’d like to find someone more experienced than myself to help me with technique, but lacking that I will do what I can on my own.
I’ve registered to compete in the Charleston Highland Games on the third weekend in September. This will be my first taste of actual HG competion. I’m hoping to learn a lot in Charleston, then make a good showing in Jacksonville in February.
Well, it certainly sounds like you’ve got your shit together, alot more than myself. I’m definitely not any more experienced than you are so I doubt if I can be of any real assisstance, other than moral support. Where are you getting your equipment from? I would really be interested in purchasing some. Good luck in Charleston and I would appreciate any words of wisdom you could pass along because I would really like to compete in Jax.