Track and field for Masters Athletes 4: Planning Basics

This is the fourth in a series of articles covering all aspects of Masters Athletes’ training and nutrition for track and field events. Here, we will take a look at how proper planning will greatly impact your success.

In my last article, we discussed getting a physical assessment to determine strengths and weaknesses before starting a high-intensity training program. Since every athlete is different, has unique attributes, and may differ in age, she or he cannot expect a ready-made program to meet her or his needs. Therefore, proper planning will greatly impact success. Fail to plan, plan to fail!

The first thing you need to do is identify the work you must carry out to achieve your goals. You should draw up training plans to identify your long-term objectives (up to four years) as well as your short-term plans for the upcoming season. An Olympian, for example, may lay out a multi-year plan in order to peak for the Olympics, while the rest of us might focus on one year at a time.

In its simplest form, the plan has a single periodization. This means, for example, that you will develop a plan that will let you peak only once for a specific track meet in a given year. Personally, I follow a plan that has me in peak form twice each year, for the indoor and outdoor seasons.

You will often hear the terms “single periodization” or “double periodization”… as in, peaking once or twice each year.

The start of your training year will depend on your circumstances and…

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