We are two athletes living on the Mississippi Gulf Coast who are passionate about sprinting. We compete in the Women’s 55-59 age group and Men’s 75-79 age group in both the Senior Olympics and the USA Track & Field events. One of us had run long distances in college whereas the other had never set foot on a track. As neophytes to the sport, we began sprinting at ages 54 and 63.
We met in Boston after the 2014 USATF indoor event and were surprised to find that we live within an hour of each other and had competed in some of the same events.
Comparing notes, we found that the majority of our competitors were athletes who had decades of experience, having been high school or college sprinters. Their muscle memory is apparent in the blocks. The starting blocks, which are critical to sprints, are daunting. We are still learning how to use the blocks to get the best start possible.
In this blog, we will be chronicling our progress as we progress through a mesocycle in preparing for the 2015 National Senior Games in Minneapolis, Minnesota. We will attempt to outline our training program which we have characterized as a Endurance session followed by a Speed session with about 3-4 days between each one.
Following the NSG we are reviewing our performances and fine tuning our training for the next events.