I’ve always loved sprinting.
I love watching sprinting. I love actually sprinting and I love the training behind sprinting.
Yet I’m no professional sprinter, nor do I need or aspire to be.
Having said that there is some wisdom behind the approach to the training involved that we can garner.
In my own training I crank up and sprint for about 25-30 seconds then ease it into a light jog and brief walk before repeating.
I do this for about 20 minutes and cover some decent ground.
My focus is the next sprint and when I’m in it, I’m focused just on that, speed + covering the distance to the 'finish line' and then slowing down.
When I’m slowing down I’m focused on recovery and gearing up for the next sprint.
I love playing around with that in high intensity training sessions my own way - HIIT.
Check this from author Jim Loehr…
"… visualize a sprinter …Sprinters typically look powerful, bursting with energy and eager to push themselves to their limits. The explanation is simple. No matter how intense the demand they face, the finish line is clearly visible 100 or 200 meters down the track. We, too, must learn to live our own lives as a series of sprints—fully engaging for periods of time, and then fully disengaging and seeking renewal before jumping back into the fray to face whatever challenges confront us.”
Play around with your own sprints. What would an ideal time on task and time off task look like for you?
See your own finish lines.
Then HIIT it!
Engaged + disengaged + finish lines.