I’ve put a bit of information about myself in thread already:
But I thought I’d start a proper thread to let you know what I’ve been doing up until now, and how my times are coming along etc.
2008 (first year in U20 age group)
Not taking it too seriously at this time, just starting out and enjoying a good first year
Training twice a week, 1.5hours per session
60i – 7.50 PB
100 – 11.2 PB
200 – 22.3 PB (club record)
2009 (second year in U20 age group)
Not entirely sure what happened this year, didn’t manage to beat or even equal my previous years times, which at that stage I should have done.
Still training twice a week, 1.5hours per session
60i – 7.34 PB (club record)
100 – 11.3
200 – 22.4
2010 (first year in U23 age group)
Improved PBs for both my main events by a good amount, didn’t do any 60s though this season for some reason
60i – N/A
100 – 10.9 PB
200 – 22.0 PB
2011 (second year in U23 age group)
Took another good amount of my 200 time
Concentrating mostly on 200 from this point onwards, although still trying to improve 100 aswell
Starting to go down the track on a Saturday every now and then to pull tyres or just do some extra runs, but still only training twice a week.
Joined another forum and after reading a blog by Craig Pickering I started to use the controlled dehydration technique during competitions.
Also adjusted my start position based on some settings he gave me, which I was using when I ran the 200 PB
60i – 7.25 PB
100 – 11.07/11.0
200 – 21.84/21.8 PB
2012 (third and final year in U23 age group)
This year has been the best by far, running huge PBs in the 200m, and getting invited to the Olympic Trials, as well as doing pretty well at various other big competitions such as the U20/U23 England Championships/Word Trials and McCain Birmingham Games.
Initially took my 200m time down from 21.84 to 21.75, then 21.47. Then at the CAU inter counties match this weekend I took it down to 21.43 and then to 21.39 in back to back races on the same day.
Now doing 3-4 full sessions a week totalling approx. 6-7 hours per week, still no gym work though.
Definitely taking it more seriously now, and putting more money into training/travelling and supplements etc. And almost doubled my training, although it’s still not a lot for the results I’m getting.
Also re-worked my start following advice from a coach at my 2nd club, raised my hips in the set position and dropped my trail leg back one click in the blocks. Seems to give me more spring, as my start is terrible considering how fast I can do a 200 (I get left behind in the 100s at the start, but I normally overtake them again because of my top end speed)
Currently working on technique during the acceleration/drive phase, trying to get used to keeping my feet as low as possible to the ground when I come out of the blocks to reduce the time my foot is in the air, and increase my strike rate
60i – N/A (will be entering some when the winter season begins)
100 – 10.99/10.9
200 – 21.39 PB (club record)
And that’s basically where I’m up to so far, I’ve done everything I wanted to achieve this year (break the club 200m record, and to run a PB in the process, which I did easier than I expected)
I’ve got a couple more competitions coming up, before the outdoor season finishes for me (last competition is half way through September I think) And then time to start putting the hard work in ready for indoors and beginning *gulp* winter training :ninja:
Over Christmas I bought and read a copy of Dr. Ralph Mann’s ‘The Mechanics of Sprinting and Hurdling’ very interesting read, especially the sections on direction of force, stride length vs strike rate and front/back mechanics.
I’m also looking into the possibility of reducing my working hours or going part time so I can do more training. Even if I never get to near elite level I’d still like to know I used 100% of my potential, rather than missing out because of work.
Here are some link to show the sort of training I do: