In response to the evolution of the ‘Mechanism of 100m fatigue’ thread, I decided to start one re: the 200m.
Carson brought up the question about the maintenance of speed, rhythm, etc. after the 1st 100m. I think that is important to teach the athlete that they can not blast the entire turn (unless they are way out in lane 8…). I’ve had good results by using the distribution of a very hard 1st 50m (we practice this so they know exactly how far/long to go). From there, the focus is locking in that rhythm and focusing on maintenance of posture. It’s amazing how much better the athletes finish when they follow this distribution. So many coaches watch their kids falter down the stretch and say, “He needs more strength work”. That may be true, but many times I watch athletes completely sell out for 100m and crawl in, when if they managed their energy more efficiently, better results would follow.