Vikas Gowda: Will compete less in run-up to Olympics

When I train I do it with lots of intensity and I try to put myself in the competition atmosphere. I want to be familiar with that feeling as much as possible," Gowda said.

Vikas Gowda competes in the Men's Discus throw qualification in London 2012.   -  Getty Images

Gearing up to make his fourth Olympic appearance, India’s Commonwealth Games champion discus thrower Vikas Gowda says he will compete less in the run-up to the Rio Games to be fresh for the big event in August.

The 32-year-old, who was born in Mysore but grew up in Maryland (USA), said he would participate in some European events next month.

“There are definitely days that are harder than the others, but there’s nothing else I’d rather be doing,” said the six-feet-nine inches tall discus thrower.

The national record-holder with a best of 66.28 metres also shared his training regime in the U.S.

“I usually train five-six days a week. My training consists of throwing weightlifting, plyometrics (jump training) and cross training. When I train I do it with lots of intensity and I try to put myself in the competition atmosphere. I want to be familiar with that feeling as much as possible,” he said.

Gowda said the high standards for Olympic qualification in men’s discus throw (65 metres) this time was hardly a surprise for him.

“The standards are always high. The only thing I have control over is my own performance. I don’t worry too much on what other people are doing. My target for Rio is to put myself in a position to succeed and to execute to the best of my abilities on that day.”