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Today was strangely bittersweet. Seems like it was a 'perfect storm' of circumstances. Just the last week or so, something seems to have clicked in Max's head and he has really taken it up another level. Perhaps the increased practice - we've been going every day, has begun to pay off.
On Saturday, I shot the video above.
Sunday, he was even better, and caught one that caused me to break out Axl's old LRF that had laid unused in his disc duffel bag for exactly 2 years to the day. Turns out his longest catch yesterday was 67 yards. I was definitely surprised and impressed. I also noticed that I had become quite rusty with my technique since I had not tried to rip any that far for a long time.
Last night, I was bored and decided to watch a few vids by the Canadian 'disc athlete' on YT and start to refocus on my 'mechanics'.
Today when Max and I got there, there was a very brisk tail wind blowing straight down the beach. I decided not to video with the phone in my left hand, and just concentrate on my footwork and making sure hips, core, and shoulders were working in unison to rip the discs for max power and distance.
I broke out several brand new discs and the results were stunning and immediate. I was ripping them long, straight and very far thanks to the brisk tail wind. It felt great to be going max effort again, and the little bugger chased down, and caught the first one, which was right around 80 yards or so! I was like holy crap, that had to be a fluke, or just dumb luck - a blind squirrel finds a nut every so often etc.
I then ripped 5 more in a row, in the 75-85 yard range and he caught every one of them.
The next one was ripped a little low, maybe 8' off the ground - a screaming line drive (just as far) but he couldn't catch up to it.
I decided to increase the release angle a few degrees and I launched one maybe 20' high, that apparently caught a timely gust and it just kept sailing. Because it had much more hang time, he was able to run it down and catch it right in stride, easy as pie.
I was STUNNED - it was definitely Axl distance for SURE - it felt surreal! Right then and there, I walked down the beach to where his foot prints were, (they were the furthest by a lot) and set up a log as a marker. Walked back and measured it from the throw line with the LRF - 91 yards!!! I repeated the measurement 5 times...no doubt.
It was right at that moment that an overwhelming wave of sadness swept over me. I realized that at a week short of 21 months old, Ax had never even come CLOSE to doing that. Obviously, I don't doubt for a second, that he COULD have, considering he could have beaten Max in a footrace (running backwards), but he hadn't because of the substandard discs we were using back then. At a similar age we were maxing out @ around 60 maybe 65 yards.
Perhaps it is indeed possible to catch lightening in a bottle twice....
Looking down range at the stump in the distance
Max standing next to the marker stump
Looking backwards from the stump to the throw line right where those people are walking.
RIP AWESOME Axl
, you took part of me with you when you left. ALWAYS
forgotten. You were a ROCK STAR
and the best friend I ever had.
Last edited by alphadude; 07-31-2018 at 01:04 AM.