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Discussion: Fast friends

in: BP; BP > 2016-01-07

Jan 8, 2016 11:27 PM # 
Had me guessing as to how much younger. 5 years? 27-29 was a very long time ago here. I guess if I'd been interested in track 200s etc, it might have been still possible in the early 50s given past experience. I'd have to find some age-group averages for a better sense.
Jan 9, 2016 12:36 AM # 
How about 30 years younger! My "fast friends" are post collegiate mid 20s who run 22s for the 200 and 45-46 for the 400. Next Oldest is a late 30s transplant from Boston (Law Prof at the U) and he was running 30-32s for the reps mentioned which were intended to be run at 80% effort with (for sprinters) relatively short recovery. Otherwise they would target 24-26 for a speed session. Thanks to Coach Anton's prescriptions I've got a better appreciation of sprint training.
BTW it's really instructive to watch (from behind at least!) the fluidity these elite type sprinters have and how they get speed over ground from a combination of power take off, which drives stride length, and high leg turnover cadence.
Anyhow for reference top M60's run 27sec under race conditions indoors and I'm 1-2 secs off that. And yes for early 50s those times very doable as you suggest. Mind you to do those without injury requires some specific conditioning.
Jan 10, 2016 5:09 PM # 
Nothing like youth to be fluid & fast - it seems to start well under ten when one notes the ways most kids under 10 fly around. And so by the time 15-6 rolls around, well.... Without going to look, 45-6, for say Big 10 collegiate 400, must be about average good.
Jan 10, 2016 9:44 PM # 
Re collegiate 400s, certainly for outdoors 45-46. Indoors 48s seem to be par.

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