Here is the second video of Harry Marra at the “World’s Greatest Track & Field Clinic.” This clinic was on Feb 3, 2013 at Westmont College. The clinic benefited the “Women’s Athletic Performance Foundation” – http://www.wapf.us/
They are always looking for donations, so if you like what you see, go to http://www.wapf.us/donate-with-paypal.html and donate.
In this video, Harry discusses
- Pole Vault technique
- Speed Weights
- Pool workouts
- Training week
- And lots of stories.
My M40 Indoor Heptathlon record was finally posted to the USA Track & Field website…in a PENDING status. Here’s the link to the M40 page.
In celebration, here’s a few videos of an old man competing (me).
Also, later today I’ll post Part 2 of Harry Marra talks about Ashton Eaton’s training.
At the Sam Adams Decathlon/Heptathlon a few weekends ago, I was lucky enough watch and chat with Damian Warner. Below is the video of his 110H race against Ashton Eaton in which they ended in a dead heat, both running 13.64 into a slight headwind (sorry about the focus…it gets better at the end). More impressive was his stadium record 10.34 (1.2w) 100m performance on day one, running absolutely alone (2nd place was Gray Horn at 10.91). He also PR’d in the 400m with a 47.63 (trailing behind Ashton’s stadium and personal record setting run of 45.64). Read more
Here’s more from the “World’s Greatest Track & Field Clinic.” This clinic was on Feb 3, 2013 at Westmont College. The clinic benefited the “Women’s Athletic Performance Foundation” – http://www.wapf.us/
They are always looking for donations, so if you like what you see, go to http://www.wapf.us/donate-with-paypal.html and donate. Read more
In a day of many PRs at the Cal Poly/ShareSLO.com Invitational, one stood out above the rest. Above Ashton Eaton’s Javelin PR (218-7.5), above Sharon Day’s long jump near-PR (20-1.5)…was John Prader’s 5.50 meter Pole Vault. Lesser known for sure, but this kid’s speed, power, and technique (reminiscent of Scott Huffman without the roll) are just starting to pay off. Take a look at this vault…with room to spare! I’m proud to say I occasionally work out with this cat!
According to TFRRS, this ranks him #1 in Outdoor NCAA Track & Field.
I don’t typically write about myself on this blog, but this is a special occasion, so here it goes…
My American Record
Over the weekend of March 3, 2012, I broke the “recognized” M40 Heptathlon American Record. I’m super proud of my accomplishment, but at the same time I know there should be an asterisk by my name and mark.
Here’s a link to the USATF 40-44 American Records – unfortunately, I have no idea when it will be updated. When it is, my name will appear on the same list as such greats as Dwight Stone (HJ world record holder, 2 time Olympic metalist), Gail Deavers (3 time Olympic Gold metalist, 5 time world outdoor champion, 4 time indoor world champion: 100m, 100H, 4×100), Brian Oldfield (SP world record holder and Olympian), Johnny Gray (800M American Record Holder and Olympic Bronze metalist), Pat Manson (PV 19foot club, 3 time Pan American games champion), Ray Kimble (TJ — 57′ club). It’s completely surreal. But that’s Masters track for you; you get some true greats on the same list as some really goods. Read more
I attended a clinic on Feb 3th given by Harry Marra, Ashton Eaton, and Brianna Theisen. We were allowed to shadow their regular training day and ask questions at the end of each event. I plan to post a few article based on the clinic, the first being this one.
The first event was Shot Put, and if you don’t already know, Ashton and Brianna follow the very unconventional technique usually called “The Shuffle”. Purest scoff at this technique, but I’m not convinced it doesn’t have its place, especially with multi-eventers. There are at least two professional women now using this technique, both with PRs over 20m (for reference, 20.00m would have gotten you 4th at the 2012 Olympics).
Anna Avdeeva placing 3rd at EU Championship. See 0:55 second at the following video.
Petra Lammert throwing 19.22m can be seen here.
Finally, here is the video from the clinic. Read more
I wouldn’t call this an interview, because I’m far from the braodcast type. It is what it is, which is a poorly recorded chat I had with the world class Sharon Day at the local Starbucks. The background noise occasionally gets in the way; after all the whole thing is recorded on my iphone. I stumble over my questions repeatedly…but Sharon is a pro interviewee and carries the whole thing. It was an absolute pleasure to steal her for over an hour after a Monday workout. I had a blast just talking track with one of the best athletes in the world. Even given all it’s faults, I think you’ll enjoy it. Read more
I follow a more eastern block and/or Charlie Francis style of periodization. Which, in sprint42.com language, means that I train both Anaerobic Speed and Anaerobic Fatigue concurrently.
My basic weekly microcycle is made up of Anaerobic Speed on Mon and Thurs and Anaerobic Fatigue on Tues and Fri. On top of that, I alternate my weekly volume so that one week is focused towards speed and the next towards fatigue. Here is an example four-week block of my “running” workout: Read more
In my last post, I ranted about posted/printed workouts missing key information (usually intensity and often rest) and the need for a standard for describing sprint training (and proposed one). I have since learned there is already an IAAF standard syntax that covers 90% of what I was looking for. Since I’m someone who learns best by examples, I thought I’d print a handful of common workouts to get your juices flowing.
Here’s the IAAF format with two additions: “Classification” at the beginning to include any general information the athlete may require and “Modifier” for clarifying any additional information about the distance, e.g. “b” for blocks, “f” for flying, “c” for crouching… Here’s a link to the IAAF standard.
Classification – Sets x repetitions x distance<modifier> (intensity/pace) [recovery between reps, recovery between sets]
In general, I don’t like using time for my intensity — the first example in the IAAF document does exactly this: 10 x 400 (72”) [2’]. I think this is a mistake. Read more