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RE: talent = times and championships
I'm now in Kenya (Iten) for following my group, and read the last posts (it's clear that the goal is to reach 2000 posts, but after we can stop this thread...).
My athletes now are recovering from the tough training for WCCCh. Now I have some athlete competing in Gulf Championships in Bahrain, but are not big races. One of them is Nicholas Kemboi, that is the last athlete gone to Qatar (and now Qatar doesn't accepr more new stranger athletes, because there is the queue from African Countries...). Last year, Nicholas was very much disturbed from this situation. He at first wanted to go to Bahrain, then, when saw that there they wanted to change his date of birth, refused, like James Kwalia, After this he spoke with Qatar, but the Country didn't do anything because there was the negotiation regarding Shaheen for OG. So, Nicholas tried to go in Kenyan team starting his preparation only at the end of May, and this was not enough. Personally, I think that the great talent of Nicholas is demonstrated more from the time of last year (27:17 with only two months of training) that from the 26:30 of 2003. You must know that, on the road, at the end of 2002, in Trento, there was a race where Bekele beated Nicholas for 20 cm, running 27:47 (both). And you must also know that the second 13:42 was under very heavy training, because of sure I don't go for any tapering when competitions are not important. Nicholas went for a very tough training (12 x 1000m with the average of 2:44, but the n. 6 and the n. 12 in 2:36, in Davos, with 1:30 recovery) only 3 days before the race. So, don't think that a top athlete has to prepare every race like a big race. Another example is Christopher Koskei, that in 1999 ran 14 competitions of 3000 steeple in the last 41 days before the Final of WCh, where he won. Among these competitions, I chose only 2 meetings (St. Denis and Zurich) for running fast, the other were like workouts, with hard training very close the races.
Regarding the athletes of today, we will go in Doha with Shaheen trying to increase the World Best in 2000 steeple (may be 5:13) on 13th of May. There I put always Jamal, Kwalia, Nicholas and the young Rashed in 3000m, everyone at 75% of the best shape. But, in any case, the season is very long, and the type of training that we use at the moment is general, for increasing strength endurance and general resistance.
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