No Practices? Go Get Faster Anyway (A Four-Week Speed Training Plan)
Well, your track and field season just took an unexpected turn, didn’t it? Many states (including mine) have closed K-12 schools for the next several weeks or more, the NCAA has shut down its spring sports season, and as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, it certainly isn’t going to get any easier for your track and field team to train. It’s entirely possible that high school athletics associations could follow suit behind the NCAA and cancel spring sports entirely. Not what you had in mind, is it?
Stride Length vs. Stride Frequency in Reaching Max Speed
The change of speed in the sprint disciplines has the same repeating dynamics: acceleration, reaching maximum speed, maintenance, and deceleration. Depending on the race distance, however, these areas are different and are affected by the qualifications of the athlete. The priority of a highly skilled sprinter is maintaining maximum speed for as long a time as possible.