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RE: Mr. Renato Canova: Could You Please Answer a Question About Effective Ways to Improve the Lactate Threshold?
Mike, what is up with El Guerrouj? He has not raced at all. I hoped to see him take down the 3K and 5K world records.

Also, when did Kipchoge run 3:49 and 3:32? I recall a 3:33 in Hengelo and a 3:50 mile, but never those times.

Also, does anyone have any information about what type of training all these Ethiopians are doing? This seems most heavily shrouded in secret among distance running lore. We all know what the Moroccans do, the Kenyans, but the Ethiopians do it all in secret. I have heard only small details of speed sessions from the team camp; Gebrselassie did 4 x 200 in 24 seconds as pure speedwork and pulled his hamstring.

The team also uses long, pace specific time trials, like 35km time trials at marathon pace. Gebrselassie purportedly did this at 4:49 mile pace before he had to pull out of London. Sihine, Bekele, and Gebrselassie did 7,000m on the track up in Addis Ababa before Athens hitting 5,000m in 13:22. That is simply insane.

The team also uses work specifically designed for improving finishing speed. A favorite has been said to be repeated 800 meter runs with the first 400 run in 64 seconds and the second in 53 for a final time of 1:57. This type of work was good for Million Wolde dawdling at 13:40 pace in Sydney before closing in 53 for the last lap to win in 13:35. Beyond that, it seems, little is known.

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