Training Volume, Intensity, and Density in a Masters Sprinter

By David Maris – Simplifaster

One of the things I enjoy most with respect to sprint performance is looking at training programs, seeing what has taken place behind the scenes, and trying to piece together some of the clues that may have led to an athlete’s performance. As I alluded to in my last article, I believe there are many different paths to sprint success. Some sprinters appear to thrive off approaches based around high volumes of work and some appear to do better with lower volumes at higher intensities. Some sprinters have a fairly extensive strength training regimen, while others do not appear to lift much, if at all.

There seems to be a huge variation between athletes in terms of the training they do, yet they sometimes arrive at very similar results. This could be termed “inter athlete training variation,” but I have recently been thinking more about intra athlete training variation. That is, some of the changes an athlete makes in their own training throughout their career.

As someone who had my first competitive track and field season in 1998, I have had a fairly long “career.” (I don’t really like calling it that, because my mediocre performances don’t deserve such a label.) Due to exposure to many ideas, I have been able to try different approaches to training and make changes over the course of the last 22 years. In this article, I will outline some of my observations about my own path as an athlete and some considerations to help minimize the performance decrease as an aging sprinter.