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Back to back workouts

Posted: Wed May 01, 2019 11:42 am
by derekgclemons
Our high school track distance coach assigned a moderate anaerobic intervals workout the day after a race. We are about 2.5 weeks out from regionals. Is there a sound physiological reason for this type of back to back or will this have a detrimental effect on the training adaptation? We typically take 2 recovery days after a race before any workout. There is a week until the next race, so was going to take several recovery days and maybe a moderate CV workout in between to fully recover.

Re: Back to back workouts

Posted: Wed May 01, 2019 12:57 pm
by NIch_xc
I think it depends on the race you ran the day before the workout. If you ran an 800m that wasn't 100% full effort, that's completely different than doubling or tripling the distance events at 100% effort. If the workout wasn't extremely strenuous and you can run the next few days at an easy pace, there shouldn't be too many detrimental effects 2.5 weeks out from an important race. The biggest thing is just make sure you don't ruin your aerobic ability by going into another workout too soon.

Re: Back to back workouts

Posted: Wed May 01, 2019 4:51 pm
by derekgclemons
Unfortunately, doubled the 1600 and 3200. Got PRs in both, then the workout the next day. Going to do a lot of aerobic recovery the next few days.

Any possible favorable training adaptations to look forward to from that at least?

Re: Back to back workouts

Posted: Thu May 02, 2019 8:22 am
by FTIR
Don't get too worried about "sound physiological reasons" for single workouts.
If you are going to have several aerobic days to recover, the physiological part will get covered.

Coaches do single workouts for lots of different reasons that are not physiological.
There are psychological and scheduling reasons that often win out.
For example, is your regional or state meet a two day event?

Also HS training is often about training the entire team, not each individual.
So while you raced the 1600 and 3200 hard, someone else may have only cruised the 800 and had a big lead anchoring the 4x4.