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New PB set! | RindyLoucks.com

New PB set!

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In the monotony of training it is the small victories that we look for. For the weeks and months on end that we spend either in the gym, at the track or at the ice house we are training for one very specific purpose – to make our push faster.

We spend hours in the gym lifting to get stronger so our legs have the strength to hold us at the angles we need for sprinting and the power to propel us. And we do explosive lifting to train our fast twitch muscles and our brains to make a connection to those explosive movements.

We again spend hours at the track doing drills, running our accelerations and sprinting to again work on our fast twitch muscles, to perfect our technique and, pure and simply, to improve our upright sprint.

Last but not least we spend, you guessed it, hours in the ice house working very specifically on the very move we do all our other training for – our push. In the ice house we are trying to put all we have gained at the gym and the track into use as we continue to work on perfecting our technique, power etc in the very specific movements of our push.And all of this… all of the multitude of hours is in the effort to improve our push time. Sometimes by hundredths of seconds sometimes, preferably, by tenths.

Our lifting and our sprinting we periodically do testing on to give us, and our coach, an idea where we stand - how much or if we have improved in certain areas. Results in lifting and sprinting are supposed to be indicative of how well we may do in our pushing. In fact, many national programs will have their testing camps comprised of certain lifts they will test on as well as absolutely testing an athlete’s sprint. Ultimately though a nations selection process will come down to how that athlete does on their push in testing or performance.

For those of us in my training group we have done two testing sessions with our coach since the start of the off-season. At our testing last month I got personal bests (pbs) on all my lifts and on my 60m sprint. Certainly an indicator that all my hard work in the gym and on the track were paying off. However in the ice house, although I was consistently getting pushes that far surpassed my previous averages, I had still not attained the goal of getting a new pb – a time I set once two seasons ago. I have been about six hundredths to one tenth off. Which seems like nothing but when you are dealing in such small numbers making a huge difference it is a difficult process… especially when you consider that it can be something as small as one misplaced footfall or a millisecond of off-balance that can make the difference of sometimes two tenths. And for some reason it is always harder to get that footfall or balance to work in one’s favour to get that faster tenth rather than the slower tenth. Murphy’s law I guess.

This last ice house session though things changed for me. I set a new pb on my push beating my old one by 4 hundredths and then right after pushed another that was under my ‘old’ pb by 2 hundredths. My final push of the day was within 3 hundredths of my old pb. And all of this with an Achilles that is still bothering me. It is funny how hours and hours of training all come down to mere hundredths of seconds every once and a while. And of course, once the new pb is set it is on to improving enough to set the new pb. It truly never ends.