What a year it has been! Although 2017 isn’t over yet, the track year is, since for us the track season starts and ends in the Fall. This was my first full year in the new team and with the new coach in Florida. I have worked harder than ever before and learned so much, but the end result still wasn’t quite what I expected. What’s that all about then?
First of all, I think getting used to big increase in training loads takes a bit more time than I was willing to admit. I came from a program where we ran a lot. In the new program the amount doubled. Also the amount of gym training increased radically. How could I take this kind of training loads suddenly? Well, firstly I have many years of quality work under my belt. I had a good base to build on. And secondly, although the amount of weight training also went up, the content of it changed from what I had been used to before. This is because when the running loads are very high, you can’t build strength the same way as in a program where the amount of running is smaller. Other than that, it was really just to get through it, try to maximize recovery and see what comes.
By indoor season, we had barely started training speed, and that’s why I didn’t emphasize indoor races. I did a couple to get in a few good speed sessions, but in a result sport like ours, it wasn’t pretty. We knew with my coach, however, what the purpose of it was, so we weren’t too bothered. The work continued towards the Spring. December to March was hard hard work. Loads were high and the intensity climbed week by week. Polar Flow showed that 20 hour training weeks started to be normal. And that’s quite a bit in a speed/explosiveness sport. And, that is without adding the hours spent on physios, massages and other supporting procedures. In April we started with some practice meets and continued in May with the first proper meets. Around that time I also got used to the fact that we were expected to race without backing off from training. That was a big change to what I had used to in my Finnish program. Nevertheless, I dropped my times to 11,4 and expected to drop them even more when I would back off more from training.
Photo by: Vesa Koivunen
Unfortunately, that never happened. I’m not sure if it was partially because of the very un-sprinter-friendly weather Finland offered us this Summer or if I just didn’t back off from training enough. Maybe in the end I was tired of the whole year, who knows. Anyway, I didn’t make the team to London World Championships, which was frustrating, since everything looked good in the Spring. Expectations were higher than what I ended up showing on the track. Nevertheless, there are many things to be happy about this season, and the biggest one is that I got to train and compete healthy. And to be honest, it’s been a while. The last fully healthy season I had was 2014! That’s why I know that even though I didn’t get the results I wanted this year, I built a great stepping stone for next season. I’m wiser than I was a year ago and I’m ready to take what I´ve learned and attack season 2018!
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