How far in advance do you think it is appropriate to plan training? I have seen a post from PJ stating he thought Olu could have run quicker with more squat workouts, but it wasn’t possible. This kind of led me to thinking there is much more of a day to day perseverance regarding training than perhaps I’d thought, dependent on how you are feeling. Perhaps taking an extra day’s recovery or putting in a tempo day and shifting everything else back if necessary??
There was also a thread on the Canadian Athletics Coaching forum in which Dan Pfaff stated he had a B-plan for these scenarios. In situations like mine, where I do not have the access to therapy, is more important to take an extra day off if I feel I need it, as the recovery can’t be ‘forced’ as it can with therapy??
I am trying to plan my training right through my competition period, but I am not sure if that is wise given these thoughts. I’d be keen to get everyone elses opinion. I feel like it is most appropriate for my lifestyle to stick to the format
Given that speed is targetted only twice a week, I feel that perhaps a two week programme is ideal in this scenario, something like this.
Mon: Speed Endurance
Mon: Max V
I also like the idea of using an unloading week, which it has been mentioned that Pintesseuvich and Surin used. I was therefore thinking because of using a ‘two weekly’ programme, the third week could be the unloading week. However, in terms of unloading this, I am not entirely sure how to go about it. Is it intensity or volume that is reduced? I’m guessing the speed work is reduced in terms of volume. Or could the acceleration session be removed entirely that week? How about weights though? Remove one session? Reduce the volume? Reduce the intensity?
On the Friday weights sessions, as advised by PJ, I would have my lighter weight sessions, allowing for Saturday to be reserved for the larger tempo sessions.
The only other issue I can think of is how to modify this appropriately when I have a meet, which will normally fall on a Saturday or a Wednesday. Perhaps having a rest day on the Friday if racing on the Saturday, then resuming as normal on the Monday, and then if racing on the Wednesday dropping the Tuesday session and resuming training on the Friday?? That way a weights session is lost and the meet is used as a speed session?
Thoughts please? Any critiquing of this would be welcome.