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RE: Mr. Renato Canova: Could You Please Answer a Question About Effective Ways to Improve the Lactate Threshold?
I agree with Renato about the records being soft still. I had to train and work full time and I was sure that if I could get a protracted spell at altitude without work I could run hugely faster. Three times a day regularly was always a dream but when I did try that I was put under huge pressure by coaches, colleagues and family that I was "wrong" and would do irreparable damage to myself. I was even criticised for many years for doing weights. Times will be faster now because the african culture has allowed them to train properly without these mental restictions. But having seen the succesful cross country skiers (who are european), even some of the africans have a way to go in some areas of training.

There is no reason why western athletes should not do the same. The main need is to break through the inhibiting cultural rules and also to stop thinking that others are doing something illegal. Surely some are, but many are not. Thinking others cheat weakens the mind, and by association, the training. The key is more running and more clever training, not just the same work but harder.

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