As I said in the last post of my old journal, after all these months injured I finally decided to close a chapter and seek a new way.
I’m splitting from my training group for now and going to be training myself. It has become obvious I would have been wasting my time had I continued with my same routine as I’ve been losing 2 or 3 track sessions a week, and losing that much volume in long to short means that each time it’s harder and harder to continue and achieve goals within a macrocycle. I have to go my own way, have a flexible schedule and work full time in getting myself healthy.
I haven’t been able to do a speed session in 5 months due to different ailments. I’m sick of it, and it was stupid to continue pushing it as I was doing, if I was unable to do speed work again this whole preseason I’ll be in for zero improvement this season. I HAVE to get healthy and doing speed well before even thinking of a long term program like the one I was doing.
After much reading I’m finally getting bought by Charlie’s principles and see this as an opportunity to drop the extreme volumes of my long to short program and give short to long a try for a macrocycle. As you guys repeatedly say, how can one be a sprinter without developing speed first. Is long to short really that useful for a beginning athlete (current training age exactly one year)? I feel in the group I was in I was being guided by a training regime that was most helping the developed athletes and slowing down endlessly the progress of an athlete in my situation. Hopefully someone that reads this echoes this sentiment, I guess this is why many of us are here, in the search of bettering ourselves. I have no one to tell this here where I live, so I guess this was the best place to express it.
Needless to say, I’ll be having fun, fun, fun designing and doing my own workouts and hopefully emerge with a complete understanding of why, when and where I do everything I do in my training. It will make me a better athlete and certainly a more confident athlete, as I’m someone who loves the hands on approach and not the “do everything coach tells you like an ignorant robot” approach, which is the approach in this country and which I’ve grown wary of. Another major improvement is time allotment, since I’ll be splitting from my old training group I’ll rejoin my grass roots club, which has its track 5 minutes from my home. So I’ll be saving an hour a day in transport, and another hour or two which we’d spend talking or messing around. Everything falls into place so nicely, I can’t wait to start.
I’ve laid out the basics of my upcoming macrocycle and am completing it with real track work now, I’ll post it by tonight or tomorrow at the latest (going to start Monday) for some feedback (from anyone that read this far! ), many things will probably be wrong and I won’t be able get CFTS for a few weeks, I can’t wait to read it and see if I’ve got the concepts right (finally decided to buy it, but thanks to Paypals beaurocracy I have to wait till my next credit card statement to enter some stupid code before I can complete any purchases :mad: ).