hobby sprinter wrote:
I also Googled "block settings" and "how to use blocks". Attempts to actually practice with them mostly proved unsatisfactory.
I showed up to the track an hour before my race and was a bit overwhelmed by the atmosphere and focus of the athletes. The practice area was filled with people doing explosive bounds, strides, and speed drills, many of which I had never even seen before. One pole vaulter's run up (with pole in hand) looked faster than my best all-out sprint.
I was so screwed.
LOL. You got balls, I admit. Thanks for the interesting read.
TL; DR: I'm in my late 20s and consider myself to be an average person. A year's worth of decent, but not optimal, sprint training got me to a 12.38 100 (FAT, wind legal).
The IAAF tables say it's equivalent to a 4:52.7 mile and a 16:45 5K. Not too shabby for someone who's just roughing it.