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RE: Mr. Renato Canova: Could You Please Answer a Question About Effective Ways to Improve the Lactate Threshold?
Just to give an idea of how things work in Kenya – I spent 6 months living there in 1995. First with Kip Keino, then with Bro Colm at St Patricks and then in Nyahurhur (excuse the spelling) training with Kiptanui, Komen, Ngeng, etc (KIM Group).

Spent about 3 months living in a room out the back of Bro Colm’s house. In the next room was Benson Koech (1.43 800, WJR), and next to him were Rose Cheroyt and Sally Barsosio (again excuse the spelling of names). This was when Rose was cleaning up in XC and road races (think she may have medalled WCC??). Their rooms consisted of a bed, table and a few draws for clothes, no fridge to keep a “drug regime” in. I spent quite some time with them – never even coming into my mind doping.

Moved on to train with the KIM group, and stayed in the same hotel as these guys (Kiptanui, Komen, Ngeng, David & Robert Kibet and a few others). This was in May/June 1995, with their final prep for the 12.55 5K (then WR Kiptanui) and then preparing for Kenyan Trials. Again the set up was very basic, what westerners would consider 2-3 start hotel – no fridge (and maybe I’m mistaken but I guess you need to keep EPO refrigerated??). The most high tech instrument was a set of scales. I spent a lot of time in Kiptanui’s and the coach’s room and saw nothing at all fishy.

So although this was almost 10 years ago, race times have not greatly improved, so I doubt there is a doping conspiracy happening in Kenya. I guess for all the doubters, go see for yourself, they are most welcoming of foreign athletes!

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