Tentative Spring Track Schedule
Here is the schedule for the track season, however, it is tentative at this point and subject to change. The league has not announced the JV schedule yet and the dates here will most likely move around some.
Tentative 2014 Track & Field Meet Schedule (click to open)
Arcadia Invitational Trip
We do have plans to send a few athletes to the Arcadia Invitational in Los Angeles, California the weekend of April 11th and 12th. Arcadia is the most competitive regular season track meet in the country and as a result there are qualifying marks that must be obtained in order to go. This years qualifying marks have not been announced yet, but if you go to the meet site you can view last years minimum qualifying standards. We are planning on taking relay teams that can be competitive and potentially individuals that are able to get into the faster heats of events. Athletes that qualify will be responsible for the cost of the trip (airfare, hotel, food, etc). Needless to say, it will take a lot of work over the off season to be able to qualify for this event.
Meet Website (click to view)
Minimum Qualifying Standards from 2013 (click to view)
Basic Overview of the Training Plan
Here are the basics of what to expect during winter conditioning (Dec-Feb) and then on into the season (March-May). This training plan works but it requires one thing from you as an athlete, 100% buy-in. If you are serious about being at your best by the end of the track season (April and May) follow the plan as it's written. You will have to run 6 to 7 days a week to be ready, but if you have that kind of commitment level this winter then your spring will be a successful one.
- 100% Buy-in: This training plan works and will make you a better runner, but you have to be all in and commit yourself to it.
- Slow Gradual Improvement: You will have to be patient. Not everyone achieves success at the same rate. We won't be doing hard intervals or track workouts early on. Instead, you will need to build back a base of miles early on. As the season moves along we will start working on more quality efforts gradually.
- Consistency: If you want to reach your full potential run 6 to 7 days a week. Sunday's are optional, but you are welcome to run on these days if you desire.
- 10% Rule: If you are ready to increase your miles from the XC season do so gradually over the course of 1 to 2 months. As a rule of thumb, don't increase your max volume this track season anymore than 10% of what you were doing in the fall. (For example, if you were running 40 miles a week in the fall start working up to 44-45 miles per week this winter).
- 20 of 21 days: If you are going to start running on Sunday's that is okay. It's a great way to get in an extra run each week. It also helps to stretch your daily mileage out over 7 days instead of cramming it into 6. As a general rule, just make sure you are taking 1 day off for every 20 that you are running. Always keep your Sunday runs easy.
- Going the Extra Mile: Some of you will be "going the extra mile" this winter by adding a morning run or 2 into your routine. If you decide to do this keep your a.m. runs to 30-35 mins at an easy pace. This is a great way to sneak in a few more miles and build on your aerobic base. This is also a great option if you need to take Sunday off, but still want to run a little more volume. (Freshman and new runners should not run doubles).
There are 5 basic training phases to our season. Each one builds on the next. Here is how we will approach them.
- Phase 1: Time-off After XC This is your time-off from running to recharge both physically and mentally. Don't skip this, your body and mind need a rest.
- Phase 2: Early Pre-Season (December to mid-January) This is where you start slowly building your miles back to where they were after XC. Take 1 to 2 months to do this. If you are ready to increase your mileage from the XC season add a max of 10% to your weekly volume by the end of this period. No hard running, intervals, racing or tempos right now. Focus your pace on easy to moderate running. Do one long run each week that is about 20% of your weekly volume. No matter what week you begin at, start with week #1 on the December schedule. Don't move on to phase 3 until you have completed all of the weeks on the December schedule.
- Phase 3: Late Pre-Season (Mid-January through February) Your mileage should be at it's peak volume per week by now. You will keep this mileage up until April. We will start to slowly increase the intensity of training by adding 1 tempo effort and 1 hill workout each week. This is to get ready for the faster track workouts ahead. You might also decide to run an indoor meet or 2 this time of year for fun.
- Phase 4: Early Track Season (March to Mid-April) This is the official start to our season and runs through spring break. At this point, experienced athletes will be placed into 1 of 3 groups on our harder workout days; the 800 meter group, middle distance group (800/1600) and a longer distance group (1600/3200). Your mileage will still be at max volume but we will begin transitioning away from hill workouts and tempos in-order to do some faster workouts on the track that are specific to your best event. This is also the time when we start to compete again.
- Phase 5: Late Track Season (Mid-April through May) These are the most important races of the season. The main focus here is on racing and typically this is the time of year where our top athletes will start qualifying for state. Your volume will start to decrease and we will be doing more "speed workouts" to make you faster on the track. Meets we attend this time of year are State, Leagues, Liberty Bell, St. Vrain, Frosh/Soph Championships and the JV League Championships.
- In December you are mostly on your own. The coaching staff will be round but on a limited basis. Follow the December schedule each day. No matter what week you start at begin doing the runs in week #1 and then work your way through the schedule.
- We will meet 5 days a week in January and February. Monday to Friday from 3:10 to about 4:30 (5:00 if you decide to lift).
- Saturday's and Sunday's are on your own or with a teammate all winter.
- Bring lots of layers to run in. We will always go outside unless the roads are un-runable due to snow/ice. If it's cold we will still go out.
- If you want to talk goals for the upcoming season please send me an email. I'm happy to sit down and talk both short-term (track season), mid-range (XC season), and long term (next year) goals with anyone on the team.
- Goal setting meetings are a great way for you to understand how much work you will have to do in-order to achieve your goals.
XC Dates to Keep in Mind for Next Summer
- June 2nd: First day of summer conditioning
- July17th-19th: Camping Trip (Location TBD)
Christmas Party Details
When: Thursday, December 19th @ 5:30
Where: Caroline Smetanka's House (see email for address)
Who: All Vista XC Runners and Alumni are welcome
What to Bring: The Smetanka's are providing pizza and drinks. You should bring the following.
- Freshman: chips
- Juniors: desserts
- Sophomores: veggies or salad
- Freshman: fruit