Workout Wednesday with Long Sprint Guru Sean Burris

Fall is by far my favorite time of the year. It is the time of the year

when the air is crisp, the sky is clear and blue, and the trees reveal their lush and vibrant colors. For coaches, it is also the time of year where the bulk of planning and training occurs for their teams and athletes. Putting together an annual training plan is one of the most important things coaches can do for their athletes. Ironically, it is also
one of the least talked about aspects of training. Ben Franklin's old adage, "Failure to plan is planning to fail," certainly rings true regarding seasonal training plans. That being said most successful coaches employ some type of system of quantifiable and labeled blocks of time, each with it's own specific training objective. Here is a basic  periodization outline of how I have typically structured my seasons for short through long sprinters:

3 periods, (a) Preparation, (b) Competition, (c) Transition.

 Within each period I generally have 6 to 7 phases:

   1. General Preparation Phase
   2. Specific Preparation Phase
   3. Transition to Competition Phase
   4. First Competition Phase
   5. Evaluation/Adjust/Break Phase
   6. Championship or Peak Competition Phase
   7. Transition/Regeneration/Rest