That afternoon at the track Roggy spent 10 minutes running 75-yard dashes and an equal time running hurdles. He rarely does any other running, and he says he couldn't last five minutes in one of Newkirk's aerobic dance classes. The dashes and hurdles, he says, are "good for agility and coordination. And you have to attack each hurdle, just like you have to attack the javelin runway."
Roggy borrowed a shot from Laut, who was working out nearby. He cradled it in both hands, at waist level, and, exhaling with a "whoosh," he flipped the shot back over his head.
Laut said, "That's a hip exercise, for explosive-type movements made by fast-twitch muscle fibers."
On Roggy's fourth flip, Laut, 6'4", 265 pounds, the world's fifth-ranking shotputter this year and NCAA champion in 1978 and '79, said, "Uh, 60 feet. I couldn't do that. I'm not as agile as Bob is."
Laut was asked, "But, as a rule, aren't javelin throwers generally more agile than shotputters?"
"Yes," he said, "but Bob is unusually agile even for a javelin thrower. He'd be great in the decathlon."
A decathlete named Dan Bonarth, working out nearby, said, "Let's hope he never tries. Gawd, I just wish I had his power."
Roggy flipped the shot for 20 minutes, then he grabbed a discus and sailed it out as if it were a Frisbee a half dozen times. "This helps with my hip drive, too," he said.
In the parking lot, Roggy met a female friend from Southern Illinois, who threw her arms around him and exclaimed, "I read about you in the Sunday paper!
"This guy has a lot of talent," she said to Roggy's visitor. "I always told him, 'If you ever decided to really work out, you could be an Olympic champion.' "