In typical Kimbo fashion this will not be just another normal athlete page... As well as blogging about training session and competitions around the world, i'll be sharing the funny/strange/unpredictable/unspoken true life of an athlete trying to become the best in the world. Trust me some crazy stuff happens!!!
Each year I spend a couple of months in Europe competing and usually preparing for a major championship (worlds, comm games or Olympics). The best comps to get into are the Diamond League competitions! The "in a nut shell" explanation of a DL is there's 5 competition around the world (usually one a month between May and Sept) and you can only get a gig at them if you are in the top 10 in the World rankings. The top 3 at each comp are awarded points... 1st gets 4 points, 2nd gets 2 and 3rd gets 1. There's then a diamond league final at the end where they award double points and whoever has the most points wins the Diamond Jackpot (Which is about $40,000 and a nice big Diamond). So kinda cool to have a crack at if you can!!!
Because they are for the best in the world... you know for people like Usain Bolt and Kim Mickle (haha) they put you up in the most amazingly crazy hotels in the city!!! One of my classic "what the hell" Diamond league stories happened a couple of years ago when i was in Paris. The hotel was right next to the Eiffel Tower and totally flash and the food buffet was too good to be true! The only downfall is the fact you have to room with someone. Normally Ausies room with Ausies etc but at this comp I was the only one so i was put in with an Ethiopian 5000m runner.
Now to prepare for a massive comp like this, you really need rest and focus! Especially if you have just flown from Australia the day before the comp and feel like a zombie. This was kinda hard to do because my roommate (the 5000m runner) spent the entire time in the room NAKED!!! And i mean starkers and 100% never in clothes!!! The room was a twin so our beds were almost touching and i felt so bloody awkward that i spent most of the time in the lobby looking homeless!!! Then when i did finally go into the room for a shower or to get dressed for bed i felt like a massive prude taking my clothes into the bathroom to get changed... She must have thought i had something to hide or something!!! Luckily I still threw well and my naked roommate one her even so maybe we were destined to room together haha!
So far this year I've thrown in 4 domestic comps (Adelaide 66.12m, Perth 63.37m, Melbourne 66.83m and Nationals 64.28m) and have had 2 DL competitions (Doha 2nd 65.36m and Rome 3rd 63.05m) and I'm sitting on 3 points so far... My next comp is in Lausanne (Switzerland) on the 03/07/14 and then heading off to Finland for 10 days to get some hardcore training done before i head off to our Aust aths teams camp in Newcastle and then finally off to Glasgow for the Comm Games :) My event is on the 30th of July which i can't wait for!!! I then have 3 weeks until the next diamond league comp, a week later is the Diamond league final and then finally World cup which is in Marrakech on the 13/14th of September and then HOME TIME for a well deserved beer!!!
So if you have a spare moment in the day or if your a hardcore athletics fan stay tuned for some real blogging and hopefully some bloody good chucking :)