This past winter, when I spoke at Speed Training Seminars and Track & Field coaching conferences in Illinois, Florida, Indiana, and Michigan, I did 19 hours of presentations on the sprints and hurdles.
When I showed this to coaches and asked them if they:
- Knew what it was…
- Knew what to do with it…
- Created one each year as the BASIS of their program design decisions…
Without being hyperbolic, at best 2% of coaches raised their hand.
I wasn’t surprised.
And I don’t know if you’re part of the 98%.
But, without it, it is impossible to consistently get your sprinters to run their fastest races in the biggest meets and keep them injury free.
Here it is and here’s my question:
If I gave this to you and told you to fill it out to fit all the workouts you did for all of last year, would you be able to do it (and justify it?).
Fortunately, you don’t have announce publicly if you’re making things up as you go along.
In order to keep your coaching job you have to look at the following Annual Plan and explain, in front of a group of coaches you respect greatly, how to accurately use the information in it to guide your planning decisions.
After looking at this chart, which of the following statements most accurately describes your response:
1) Thanks for the memories, friends. Because I’m fired.
2) I like what you did with your themes in Mesocycle #2. What a practical way to simplify training, especially if you have a large group between short and long sprints. And I like the way you used your recovery week to transition into the Competition Period!
If it’s #1, you’re doing the coaching equivalent of building a house without a blueprint.
Do you want to live in that house?
If it’s #2…
It’s not #2! Come on now!
Watch the video at the top of the page on how to create an annual plan. If you’re interested in diving deeper into this component of your sprints program, click the link and take a serious look at my brand new program: Complete Speed Training Volume 3.