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|Author: ||Some Joker You Don't Know|
|Subject: ||RE: Less Drug Use in the Marathon?|
John Meyer emailed me back on this. One theory out there is that in extreme heat (ie Athens Olympic Marathon, and perhaps Beijing) that the dirty docs are afraid to give out EPO because an athlete can die under such circumstances (the dehydration reduces their blood volume and their blood becomes too thick with the extra red blood cells and they die is my layman's explanation).
I've heard this as well and agree that it might make a difference. My question is how hot does it have to be?
Does it effect just EPO or would the same theory hold for other blood boosters and blood transfusions?
And does the time of competition make a difference? Ie if you compete for 2 hours you're more likely to die than if you compete for 30 minutes. I guess so because you get more dehydrated. This would have to hold true for there to be less marathon dopers than 10k dopers.
So people say the Olympics is a more level playing field because it is hot. Perhaps so. Another major factor is there are only 3 Kenyans and 3 Ethiopians allowed to run each race at the Olympics.
Wejo, maybe a place to look for answers in the Tour De France. Aren't a lot of those guys juiced up on EPO? Don't they compete for very long amounts of time in the hot sun? Are they keeping well hydrated in a way that a marathoner couldn't? Is there something different about biking than running that makes it safer on a bike?
Answer those questions and you will be close to the truth...
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