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Subject: RE: Is Noakes wrong?
When the most recent version of Lore of Running came out 4 or 5 years ago, I bought it and read it cover to cover. At first I was tremendously impressed. How could you not be? Then we hit the "Central Governor" theory. Right off the bat it seemed like more self-promotion than a truly valid alternative. Then he got on to other topics and the book picked up again.
I think it is the one downside to an otherwise excellent book. It is his pet theory and he pushes it much too far.
He postulates its existence out of thin air. Almost like Anselm's ontological argument. It must exist because I can't think of an alternative explanation. Yet...
He can't really describe *what* it is.
He doesn't know how it works
He doesn't know where it is located
But he then goes on to devote page after page describing how it is likely responsible for the various effects we see in training and racing. The pages are full of "perhaps"-es and "it could be"-s. I remember shaking my head even as I was reading it. I think he starts with a conclusion and then tries to fit the facts to it. I'm no exercise physiologist but if I were I would be embarassed to attribute so much to a theory with so little behind it.
This topic comes up quite often, at least on other message boards. Apparently there are quite a few in the EP community (who really DO have the proper training) who likewise consider his theory something of a joke given the lack of evidence to support it.
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