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RE: Mr. Renato Canova: Could You Please Answer a Question About Effective Ways to Improve the Lactate Threshold?
I am still in St. Moritz for preparing the GP Final in Monaco, so I cannot read every day the posts on letsrun. Now I read the idea of Jzs, talking about Nicholas Kemboi in specific way. A part the stupidity of someone talking about situations that he doesn`t know, I want to explain that too many times you think that an athlete has not a private life and the problems of the most part of people. Nicholas, of sure, was not professional during the last season. He married in May, and spent all the winter in organising his future life, forgetting a good training. Probably, was also a little bit presumptuous, thinking possible for him to reach in short time a shape valid for being competitive in OG. At the beginning of June he started his training, after more than 8 months of jogging, not every day. He skipped all the basic period, going after two weeks in specific training soon, together the other athletes (John Korir, Moses Mosop and Charles Kamathi) that AK selected for Olympics. His first sompetition was Stockholm meeting, where he ran 13:19 with some difficulty, because not prepared in specific endurance. After 40 days was able running in Bruxelles 27:17, that can fully confirm his talent.
The reason because I don´t think that drug can help top athletes (on the contrary of Jzs thinks) is exactly this one : if an athlete is able, with 2 months of specific preparation for 10000m, to run 26:30, it means that this cannot be his limit. I am sure that, with a FULLY PROFESSIONAL APPROACH, Nicholas Kemboi can run very close 26:00, because his margin of improvement is yet very big. Of course,when he was able running 26:30, his potential time on 5000m could be about 12:50 (13:01 was almost one month before, at that time he could not run under 27:00). But forget your "ratio", because in any case athletes run 10000m few times in relation with the opportunities of 5000m. And, in any case, don´t try to justify bad performances with the drug of other runners. With your mentality, the main reason of a bad performance are yourself, that are very damageous for athletics.
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