Peaking in a Sprint Program
I hope everyoneís having a fine Veterans/Remembrance Day. Thanks to everyone who trained, who fought, and who sacrificed.
So Iím having a little difficulty putting together some of the details of my program. I currently have it set up in 2-week blocks, with each block focusing on one physical aspect of the Sprint. While each block has a focus, I try to hit all my aspects in each block. For example, in a Speed block I focus on legspeed efforts. That being said, I still get in at least one day of Power, Power Endurance, and Bike Strength. I currently have things set up so that every fifth week is a ďRest & TestĒ week. I take it easy and run some TTs midweek. Hopefully thisíll help me figure out how each block affects me.
At the end of the whole shebang, I have a two-week block set aside with the label ďPeak HereĒ. As it is, Iím not really sure how to fill in the details for this block. Iíve got a bit of background putting together road cycling programs that seemed sound, but Iím not sure how to translate this to Sprint training. In Sprint training, everythingís a full-out, max effort. In a road taper, Iíd cut out a lot of volume and stick with some speed work and a few intervals. Maybe a few max efforts, but mostly just keeping the legs from going all wooden and allowing for the rest to take effect.
For Sprint, though, whatís the idea? I canít very well have two weeks of sub-max sprints- thatís drawing on an entirely different energy system. Do I keep the same outline of efforts, but cut the volume way down? For instance, do I simply do two max legspeed sprints instead of six, two 500m Power Endurance efforts instead of five, and three standing starts instead of nine? All on different days, of course.
Thanks for the help,