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Sir Lance-alot
RE: Mr. Renato Canova: Could You Please Answer a Question About Effective Ways to Improve the Lactate Threshold?
Trackhead,

Interesting article, thanks. But WHERE does is state that he regularly ran 80-100 miles week??? Um, NOwhere!

The parts you emboldened show a focus on quality was much as endurance.

" I recall one household name telling me that, rather than fooling around with oxygen-capacity testing on a treadmill, I'd be better off going out and running an extra 10 miles." Um, wasn't saying he DISAGREED with that, and that his and his Dad's method was superior?? I think so.

""We realised that much more was required and, from the age of 16 or 17, a lot of my training was done with 200-metre and 400-metre specialists. That was increasingly the case when I went to university at Loughborough to study economics. Afterwards, when people talked about my leg speed and my change of pace, there was a tendency to think those assets were entirely natural, advantages that came to me ready-made at birth. There is obviously a genetic foundation. If I hadn't been born with the right physiology, I couldn't have done what I did as an athlete. But the changes of gear that were so important to me would never have been possible without the endless hours of quality speed work, much of it done with international sprinters."
Doesn't that quote go AGAINST your belief that he was into fairly high mileage?? The answere is YES.

And then there are other references to a "14 mile" run, and "double workouts". Just because someone does occasional long runs does NOT necessarily mean their total mileage is over 65 per week. And just because someone trains "twice" a day, also does not mean that. That second workout could be weights, or plyos, or sprints, or whatever, NOT mileage.

No one EVER said Coe did not train hard. But Seb, his Dad, and Frank Horwill said on COUNTLESS occasions that his weekly mileag was usually in the 45-65 range.

Your article does nothing to disprove that.

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