Our track and field year has four training seasons:
Fall. Winter. Spring. Competition.
Weather, fitness, workouts, location, and our mental state make them all very different. Fall and winter usually include tons of rain, heavy legs, and a lot of running. Spring is when the fun begins.
Spring is all about getting ready to compete. Practice is shorter, we feel better and we’re running faster. All the work during the fall and winter finally seems worth it. We leave most workouts feeling like we could do more and we’re able to practice the technical events at a higher quality. We also transition our training outdoors. This is important because dealing with elements, like wind, is something that matters during competition.
Our training base is in Oregon and if you know anything about the state, you know that spring weather can be predictable: rain, rain, and more rain. You can tough it out but there comes a point when you can’t maximize improvement in the rain. Slippery shot put and discus circles, wet implements and pole vault poles; all pretty annoying.
Fortunately there’s another place with predictable spring weather, Santa Barbara. We’ve been heading there for spring training since 2013. Santa Barbara takes away the weather element and allows us to train outdoors without issues. Also packing up and moving to a different location helps change our attitude. It signals that it’s time to stop screwing around; competitions are near.
While spring is fun, competition season is our favorite. We can’t wait to show you.