Someone on my team ran a 11.93, and then 13 days later ran 11.51.
He himself was very surprised… his training before both meets was virtually the same. I watched both races and he didnt have a bad start in the first one or any other major things that could have cost him much time.
So what are thoughts on this 4 tenths drop in time in just 13 days?
It is possible, but not to actually make those gains in speed. Perhaps there were wind differences, and he had a sluggish start with the 11.93 and a good start with the 11.51. Maybe he was tired and exhausted, and/or poorly warmed up for the 11.93. What was his pb before the 11.51?
I can’t see how that would be to unusual at these performance levels if training went right through the SPP. It would be a lot more remarkable if he dropped from 10.90 to 10.50 but not unknown either, especially trainiong in a L-to-S program where you need the races to bring the speed out.
Would the races be more so for top speed? Or for speed endurance?
My finish in the last 2 races felt very weak, I blew away the first 60m, then slowed down big time. My 400m has improved a lot though and I’ve done speed endurance work as well, do you think with a stronger finish I can also drop 2-3 tenths?
Based on comparable times, the second half of the 100 can contain a very large amout of deceleration, so improvement based on doing the specific activity can make a big difference in a few races. Speed Endurance is specific to the event speed, so Endurance for the 400 would not be specific enough for the 100, so you need some races there.
For a more detailed explanation you can get the SPP lecture series but at a minimum, you need 5 races to lead to a performance peak. The more you have to improve (starting from slower times) the more races you need.