I was wondering if we should focus on pushing as long as possible during acceleration or getting the foot back on the ground as quickly as possible? I recorded a video of myself using both of these techniques, but I am not sure which one is faster.
The push the ground as long as possible method “looks” slower, but that could just be a result of the increased stride length. The get the foot back on the ground technique “looks” faster, but that could be a result of taking choppy steps.
I’m not sure which is faster, but I will be doing a sprint session today and I will time them.
Does anyone else have any experience with this?
You never want to spend more time on the ground. You want to spend as little time as possible and maximize your power output with each contact.
It’s the exact opposite of a Bobsled push start. You want long pushing strides with long ground contact time. If you’re in the air you’re not pushing the sled.