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Subject: RE: Attention: Even if Alan Webb does not make the team, he will still run very fast in Europe this summer
By talent I guess I mean the ability to adapt to training, therefore the ability to quickly get to a certain level of running. People with lots of talent get to a certain level of running (race times) quicker than people with less talent. It is easier for them. Talent means fitness is acquired easier. So when I said talent doesn't go away, except with age, I just meant when you get old it is harder to get to a certain fitness level, which I would describe as one's talent. Outside of aging, which makes you less able to adapt to training, talent doesn't go away.
And no, talent does not go away from being sick or injured. Those are simply conditions that prevent someone from training effectively or performing at a certain level while you are dealing with the condition. That has nothing to do with talent.
A few weeks ago I went out to the local track and time trialed a 5:38 mile after not having done a single real run in almost a year and a half (due to injuries) and not doing any sort of exercise outside of walking in about a year. Why can I do that? Because my body has been to a certain running fitness level that not only sets some minimum amount of fitness that I have without training but also if I trained would allow me to quickly progress back toward my PR's. That is the expression of this thing we call talent. Talent is how easy it is to achieve some fitness level, and this varies a lot from person to person. And the quote that says something like "the more I trained the more talented I became" is true, because as you improve it gets easier to hit certain levels of fitness because you've been there before and your body becomes trained on how to do it.
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