Race Modeling For 200 Meters
The 200 meter dash is an interesting race
which can be viewed in four parts. The 1st 50 meters of the race
will be the slowest for all runners, whether they be developing or
elite. The 2nd 50 meters will be the fastest. The athlete
reaches max velocity at this point. In the developing athlete, the
2nd 100 will be 1-2 seconds slower than the first 100. The 2nd 100
for elite athletes will be .5 to 1 second faster than the first. The
elite runner will also run the middle 2 50's faster.
Specific training is needed to develop an athlete as a 200 meter runner. The athlete must do speed work early in the season. Once the speed goals for the 30, 40, and 60 meters have been met the athlete must begin to do speed endurance of distances less than 150 meters. In the early season, the 200 meter performance usually won't be amazing. The athlete must keep his eye on the main competition of the season. Once the speed component and speed endurance component have been put in place the athlete needs to work on the specific race model.
200 Race Model
Foot placement is crucial. The toes should be close to the line but not touch it. The athlete must develop a kinesthetic awareness. All these factors must be rehearsed and if done the athlete will lower their time significantly.
Train smartly, run fast.