Hi Alex, how are you doing dude ?
There´s sometime in sprinters career where everything seems to be “ocult”, confused and that things you did in last 1,2 or 3 years is not helping anymore.
Doubts, doubts, doubts.
It´s like a barrier ( not a 11.0s barrier ) but definitely, it´s something to be broked.
And we need as much will as possible to break this, this is the time where we will find out:
What we realy want to do, what we realy want to be, its our game ? or just a hobby ?
I´m in the same boat as you, i became stronger physically & mentally, better conditioned, improved my technique a lot, but the times on track are not friendly as he used to be at the past and i must confess, after my last “bad” injurie ( ankle sprain ) i made my decision:
This is my game !! I want this more than anything in my life ( course GOD come 1st ),
but no matter conditions, no matter times, no matter injuries, no matter wheater, no matter my english level
at the end of the day, this is a game where we can´t fight against, actualy, if we fight, we´ll be slowed ( antagonist “muscles” thing, remember ? ).
Sometimes i woke up in the midle of the night thinking: GOD this is what you planned to me ?
I don´t know, i´m not sure about anything, just what i know is that, when i run, i feel that i can, i can be faster, i have this feeling.
I´m fighting yet, but i´m fighting against this fight, i still fighting.
I can´t predict how would be my life without sprint thing. But i can realy tell you, with all sure in my mind: My life is 100% “hapiness” with the sprint routine lifes i´m getting now.
So, no answer for your 5 questions above, but just one good counsel:
Go for it !!
Let the things comes naturaly, don´t spend your time searching for highways, looking for problems ( that doesn´t exist ), no excuses, no shortcuts, no fear, no doubt, just do what all they, sub 10 sprinters, already did in his careers; train harder, train smart, vary, get-off those bad things, catch the good ones, train, train, train. At least you´ll be a tough guy ( a good bad.ass 200m runner ).
I hope to see you next ( 2007, you know where ).