was wondering what some ques are that you use to stay relaxed but still keep your speed up over the last 40m, my main problem is my last 20m, and i dont think its a speed end problem i think its a relaxation problem.
what i find is that usually i’m ahead of the pack at 60m but very occasionally i get run down over the last part, and because i’m not used to that i tense up.
hi, i understand what you are saying but with me what tends to happen is, if i try to stop pushing or accerlate i slow down. there must be some other ques that i can use to stop this from happening. im not sure if something like this would be right, ive heard others say just concentrate on moving up and down as fast as you can??
I’ve never heard of that one used for relaxation, but you have to find something that works for yourself. Maybe try to focus on your arm-swing. Work on something in practice so you know what being relaxed feels like.
Maybe this goes to the vertical vs horizontal nature of conscious action. the problem may not be relaxation, as you say. It may be that once you start pushing, you begin t loose control and leg speed drops and you can’t get back out of it, causing you to slow down. This starts almost from the beginning- at the point where you should be stepping over and down. Check out all the arguements over on the Barry Ross thread. you can read the technical arguements, but I can tell you, from a practical standpoint, that the key to fast sprinting lies in the set-up and the up and down conscious action. The horizontal action is automatic at ground contact, and any conscious effort to impart more will bugger things up.
i think its not from training because when i am in front in a race and im relaxed i win, but i dont think about what im actually doing to stay relaxed,
but when someone who comes home strong gets level with me after im 4m up at 60m i figure its due to me tightening up, coz i can feel my shoulders come up and at the end of a race i feel tired where as when i dont tighten up i feel like i can walk back down the track and run another 100m in 10.5 easy.
so i guess its a little tricky, coz yeh there might be some training factor in it all.
During the very early start action there is a lot of horizontal action. The transition problem (if there is one) occurs when you begin to loose the stride out the back, which you then can’t recover. At the point before this is about to happen, you need to concentrate on starting to “step over” to keep the sprint action underneath you and not too much behind. Where this occurs in the acceleration phase depends on the individual, his acceleration capacity, and his perception, but, in most cases, it will begin before 30m. From there, you will progress to thinking of the up and down action, mostly from the arms. Whatever the case, you must keep the reps short and alactic to give you enough opportunities to perfect one thing at a time.
Even though there is more perceptible horizontal action during the early acceleration shouldn’t the main action be to step straight down (although not step over), rather than consciously drive back? That seems to have been your coaching advice to Ashley in the Fundamentals DVD. He was trying to reach too much with the first few steps and you told him to just step down; with the stepping over motion increasing as the body becomes more upright.
If you consciously step straight down during the early accleration, the reality is that by the time the foot hits the ground the hips will already be in front of the foot.