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RE: What would the average man's 100m time be after a year of sprint training?
I really think you're too optimistic to think the average person will end up in the low 12s after a season of training, and likewise that sub 12 would be average after a few years of specific coaching.
I believe this because the average kid who chooses to be a sprinter (presumably self select based on being more adept at sprinting) doesn't end up running sub 12 by the end of high school.
but anyway, I found your post really interesting. 5 years ago I was in your same position (distance runner [actually middle distance] in college, hadn't run in the 5 years since I graduated). I stuck with it for for 4 years though, I ran 11.8 my first year and 11.5 by the end of the four years.
Your description of training on the track was identical to mine! I was also both flattered and embarrassed by all the people who just assume I was an olympian, just because I was an adult doing specific track workouts, when in reality I was worlds away from that level.
The only difference was I was training for decathlete, not just the sprints. Imagine your confusion and feeling out of place at your first meet and imagine how ridiculous and like an imposter that I felt at my first meet doing long jump, or especially discus.
The worst of all was pole vault though, I felt like a real idiot being in my late 2ps jumping 10 or 11 feet at a college meet. I didn't feel somewhat normal until I was able to hit 14 feet.
Anyway, thanks for posting, I really could relate to your post. I suspect you're faster than you think, relative to the truly average person, though.
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