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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2006 2:24 pm    Post subject: EVERYTHING that makes you slower and WHY Reply with quote

List every independant variable that makes a person race slower and WHY!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2006 6:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Please -- over what distance or classes of distance?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2006 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

why, 800m to 2 miles of course! Though I am particularily curious about 800m. However, any info on any distance would be lovely.

I set up this topic just so that we may establish some myths for what they exactly are, and maybe learn something. Often, I believe we make far too many assumptions of what makes one slower
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 29, 2006 3:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

800 m:
--1) running 100 miles a week would make you slow,
--2) not doing any pure sprint work out would make you slow,
--3) approaching 800 m from too purely dash perspective will make you slow (no reasonable mileage),
--4) not knowing what kind of approach benefits your physiology the most (not necessarily your physique -- both physiology and physique correlate pretty well, but not always): dash -- "it is an extended controlled sprint," pure 800 m -- "be even specific," and long distance -- "the fastest long distance."
The American (US and the Islands most especially) genetic stock (North, East or West, Europeans, and West Africans as well as American Indians, e.g., Mexicans, dominate it) makes most US coaches and track and field commentators usually automatically say that 800 m is more of a sprint; however, it is not always true for every athlete.
Indeed, 800 m is just a tiny bit more of a sprint than a long distance event. The perfect physiological split and thus the perfect middle distance event would be a 1 K or 1.1 K race (a little less than 3/4 of a mile or about 2 laps and—a--half).
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 29, 2006 1:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Playing competitive frisbee golf the day before (especially without stretching)...
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 30, 2006 11:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anybody with ideas on what foods and drinks would make one slower? (and give a good reason!)
A teammate and I drank heavily caffeinated drinks the night before a meet. Him a mountain dew, me a double "sugar daddy" from a coffee house. We both did really well in our race (a 400m). We began to wonder, do foods and drinks make any difference in performance?
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PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2006 8:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

800 m:
--1) running 100 miles a week would make you slow,

Tell that to Peter Snell...
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PostPosted: Thu May 04, 2006 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How much does the food the day before or of a meet make a difference? For me, a swiss cake roll always hits the spot, even if its the day of a race.
I also have a habit of eating ice cream the night before...
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PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2006 3:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

AM_Runner wrote:
800 m:
--1) running 100 miles a week would make you slow,

Tell that to Peter Snell...


1. Well -- 100 miles a week is good for events from a half--marathon to a 50 K event.
What marathon or half--marathon has to do with the 800--meter event, I do not know -- could you please make a connection for me?
2. Who amongst the top 10 800--meter racers (on the IAAF lists'2005: both men and women) runs 100 miles a week at any point of their preparation (off--season and preseason included)?
3. How many athletes and, please, provide us with names, have won a medal in 800 meters and 10,000 meters or marathon during the world or Olympic championships after World War Two?
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PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2006 3:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As to Peter Snell -- he was simply great -- not everything can be explained; moreover, it was before the anti--doping control.
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