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RE: Mr. Renato Canova: Could You Please Answer a Question About Effective Ways to Improve the Lactate Threshold?
of course Lopes was able to do it faster, he ran 3x3000m under 8:20 in a race(27:16=~8:10 per 3000m) i guess he simply didnt run it faster in training, the same with the 400s, you say he never couldnt do a session of 400s under 60secs-fact is he ran a 1500m in 3:40 so he was able to do 4 400s under 60sec without any rest.
My guess is he didnt like anaerobic training very much and and like you say in your article on mb.com:"the training has to be inside of you", he simply didnt push himself to the max in repetiton in interval training, what is probably one of the reasons for his success that he was very carefull with not building too much lactate(like Bowerman advocated).You say he did 30-40min tempo runs at 2:50/km pace, 8:20 is 2:46-7/km.
3x3k with 3min rest@5k-pace seems a bit too hard for me, usually 2x3k with 2-3min rest can determine 5k-pace but may be Mamede never raced his best , could have run much faster than 13:11.
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