During the run up to a major competition such as World or European championships athletes should drop weights so as the muscles are not tired. Athletes should also drop reps down to about 3to 6 reps. Sets should be limited to 3 sets from 5or 6 and recovery between at 1 minute. The weight you lift is all relative to what you have been doing before. Dynamic lifts for explosion and power re recommended. This is not a time about getting fit but instead a time to remain fit and injury free.
Many athletes make the mistake to run too hard or run too long or lift too heavy. Tapering your training is so important that it can make the difference in performing a personal best or not. I recently competed in Provincial championships and broke 2 championship records one a national record in the200m and 400m. The following week I broke both of these records again due to correct preparation.
Before major or important competitions it is best to take part in 2 to 3 events to practice your tactics and be better prepared for the big event. It has been my experience that volunteers and officials even though they may try their best always make mistakes at each event which can be divesting to the athletes performance.
One recent Provincial event this month was run with no timing no electronic timing or hand timing. No problem unless you’re trying to break a national or championship best.
The following week not only did they not find my entry at check in for 55 minutes they also brought the first field event forward by 30 mins. This can lead to stress no focus, confusion and injury as warm-up either does not happen or is cut short.
It takes a very experienced athlete and a lot of focus to overcome the mistakes by organizers and volunteers.
Hi everyone and welcome to my new blog. I will try and keep you up to date on all my future Events, plus results from students competitions and training progress.