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RE: Article: Adam Goucher is coming to grips with retirement

lopes returns wrote:

Maybe Adam could draw inspiration from another former XC great, Carlos Lopes.

After his 1976 World XC title, Lopes kinda disappeared, partly due to injuries.

Then in 1982, at the age of 35 he ran 27:24 to break the European Record in Oslo.

At the age of 36, he made his marathon debut in 2:08:39 in Rotterdam.

Then a year later at 37, he won the World XC title, ran 27:17 and set and Olympic Record in winning the marathon in LA.

And finally at 38, he set the WR in the marathon, running 2:07:12.

No reason Adam couldn't do the same thing!

That's dang impressive. I've always been a Goucher fan, but it just seems really hard for him to stay healthy. Lopes I'm guessing was able to train and race thru most of those years, Goucher certainly has not. He has raced maybe 10-20% of what an a typical professional should have over the last 10 years and I'm guessing his training has been hampered most of that time.

I believe that part of the injury cycle has to do with stress. Injured pros take it really hard, and that stress is the opposite of what the body needs to heal. The longer it goes on the more stressed/depressed they become and the harder it is for the body to have the positive energy needed to recover.

The baby may change things completely and make him just change his focus in life. Or perhaps it will just give him happiness that has been lacking and take some focus off the frustrations and allow him to heal.

I've always thought Goucher was a monster for XC, I know there is no real money in it but for the sake of competition and glory I wonder if he just trained on the bark, grass and alter G and focussed on the world XC championships maybe for the next couple years if he might not have some success. It just seems like for marathon training you are going to have to pound some long runs on the roads at some point and given his injury history, that doesn't seem like a good plan.

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