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Renato Canova
RE: Talented athletes
Anonimous, I apologyze if I couldn't reply to you and to many other writing to me, but I think that you have no idea about a my normal day. For example, at the moment I have here in Torino (only 2 weeks after coming back from Kenya and WCCCh, where there were not internet normally) the following athletes for training :
Silas Kirui (winner of HM in Prague last Saturday in 1:01:07) - Paul Kanda (60:55 and 2:11:53) - David Makori (2:08:49, he will run Torino Marathon on 17/04) - Samson Kosgei (2:11:43, he also will run Torino) - Martin Toroitich (Uganda) that has to run in his first Marathon in Torino (but may be that I put him in Trieste on 8/05) - Wilson Busienei (Uganda, 13:12 and 27:29, he will pace 12 km in Stramilano, then go to run HM in Humarathon on 17/04) - John Korir (after sleeping for one day in the Airport in Dallas, arrived for the competition in Washington only 30min before the race. Now is here and will run on Saturday the Scarpa d'Oro with Lebid) - Albert Ndiwa (a ne guy running 28:30 in 10k) - Daniel Rono (60:14 in HM, he will debut in Marathon in Madrid on 24/04) - Amman Majid (Qatar, Marathon in 2:15 but able to run 2:10, now injured) - Florence Barsosio (2:27:00, she will run Paris on 10/04) - Jennifer Chesinon (2:31:26, she will run Madrid on 24/4) - Dorcus Inzikuru (Uganda, 9:29 on steeple, African Record) - Robert Cheruiyot (2:08:13, he will run Paris) - Rodgers Rop and Daniel Cheribo (going to Paris) and Rita Jeptoo (going to Torino).
So, I have to organize the training for different group, but at the same time I have other type of problems.
Friday I go to Paris in the early morning, coming back to Torino on Monday 11. But, after a training with a part of the guys, Monday night I'll go to Qatar for two days, then I'll go to Iten in Kenya on Thursday and Friday for giving the programs to the Qatar athletes for the next 10 days. After I come back to Torino for the Marathon, and Monday 18 I'll go again to Kenya, staying till 1st of May, when I go again to Qatar till the meeting (13-5). After this, I go to Kenya again till Hengelo (28-5), and after I stay in Europe, moving to St. Moritz from the beginning of June.
So, because the day is only 24 hours long also for me, I have to do some choice : when I'm able to answer to the e-mails arriving to me, I do it. If I have some e-mail coming from coaches of top athletes, I reply them before answering to athletes "amateur". But this not because I don't take care, but because I really have no time.
And in any case, what I try to post is my phylosophy of training, because I don't think possible to give personal programs for athletes that I don't know and never I could see in my life. Depends on the knowledge of everyone to understand the mean of what I write, and on their choice to use or not what I propose. Nobody has the "spell" for changing a donkey in a horse, but there are things well known that can become general culture for people not yet expert in managing their training.
And, regarding the "Genius", I think that a lot of people can read magazines of medicine, knowing in theory everything, but cannot be doctors. In a period where we speak of "specialization" regarding every thing, is very strange that, looking for a delicate machine like the human body, everyone can think possible to be the best specialist for himself. But probably taht's the reason because so many runners are able to destroy themselves.

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