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Thu, May 15th 2008, 11:15

Bryan answers questions from fans

Q: I am a high school student-athlete and aiming for the decathalon which is the last meet of the season. How do you manage to juggle all the events? Should I be dedicating one day to each event? Or what?

A: Well, we tackle approx. three events a day. However, I have found that there is a connection between good running technique and all the other skill events. If you can make parallels between your events you can actually be improving on more than one event at a time.

Q: Do you train each throwing event once a week or do you train these events more beacuase you’re obviously so strong in the throws? Do you do any sprint tests like “flying 20 or flying 30metres”, what is your best time?

A: It depends on the throw. I throw the javelin only once a week, because it is so hard on my body. I try to throw discus twice, and shot three times. We do test in the sprints but I don’t know my times because I let my coach worry about that. I usually just try to concentrate on technique.

Q:Your throws (especially discus) are very impressive for your size. Just wondering what your weights pb’s in the gym are?

A: My lifts are not that spectacular. I weigh about 180lbs, my bench is 355lbs, my full cleans are 335lbs, and my squat is around 580lbs. The only thing is I don’t max anymore. Those marks are all from a few years ago. It is too hard on the body, now I just work off a percentage of that weight.

Q: Do you ever feel like you are overtraining?

A: Yes, everyday! I’m joking… Training is incredibly hard and sometimes I wonder, but I have faith in my coaches and I know what they have me doing works.

Q: Hi, I’m a decathlete from the UK, I was wondering what your diet consists of and what you lift in the gym. Thanks

A:My diet consists of a lot of protein shakes and recovery drinks but when I am not throwing down that kind of stuff my wife usually cooks for me. I eat a very light breakfast, maybe a few eggs with a couple pieces of sausage or a bowl of oatmeal. Lunch is usually a sandwich and some fruit, and dinner is usually some sort of vegetables, meat, starch (rice or potatoes), and a little more fruit. Don’t get me wrong though, I do a lot of snacking in between all that and it probably isn’t the healthiest foods.

Q: Does your lifting routine change much when you get into the late part of your season and the few days before big meets like the trials and the games? Mike

A: Yes, lifting does change. I do much less as I get closer to big meets.

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