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RE: Mr. Renato Canova: Could You Please Answer a Question About Effective Ways to Improve the Lactate Threshold?
I suggest buying the book. Perhaps Renato can tell us more.

There is great detail on his own opinions of the races, how he warms up carefully, how he balances his business with training, how he works out each split in his head while going for a WR, his strategies during racing, some of his workouts (though not as much as I would like to see), and many details of his specific races, especially chronicling the difficulties he had during 2003 running so many great races under 27 for 10,000 3 times and sub-13 for 5,000 twice yet losing always in the kick to Bekele and Chebii.

It also comes to light that these and other times he had many injuries (such as bronchitis and a strained groin in 2003) that made him lose many races but no one ever knew of these injuries. He could not sprint in 2003 and so had no chance against Bekele or Chebii. Also in 2001 when he lost to Kamathi he was very sick and could not sprint.

But he is so tough that at almost every major championship (especially all 3 Olympics, where is was SEVERELY injured and ran only because there was little risk of PERMANENT DAMAGE; otherwise, the pain was unimaginable) he was injured. At the Olympics every time he could not train for weeks before because of injury. Before Sydney he tried a 50m stride one week before his semifinal on the track in Ethiopia, called off his flight, called Jos Hermens and told him it was off, and told the Ethiopian Commissioner he was not going to Sydney because it was too painful. The Commissioner told him if he went he would win. So he tried, only lying in bed except for racing, and in his semifinal fooled his opponents who did not know the injury, though he was in great pain and should not have been running.

Jos Hermens has a big role in the book, describing how in 1991 he came to Ethiopia and saw Gebrselassie running a cross-country race. He was in 5th but impressed Jos with his style, running on his toes like a sprinter. After the race Haile went to Jos, grabbed his arm and started shouting over and over in broken English "Me Europe, me Europe." Jos used a translator and discovered the young Haile's dreams and the rest is history.

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