Tuesday, November 28, 2006

I read the Runner's world magazine where the head article was about Lance Armstrong, 7 time Tour de France winner, and a marathon. A number of experts, athletes, computer programs, etc...estimated what time this world famous cyclist would get running a marathon. They compared Lance's age, height, weight, maximum heart rate, percent body fat, VO2 max, lactate threshold, slow twitch muscle fiber %, calves, and stride style (all things that have an effect on endurance) to record holding marathoner, Paul Tergat. The article "Lance on the Run," goes in detail about how he had trained for the marathon in comparison to how he had trained for the Tour de France. This can give readers very damaging misconceptions. A lot of people don't know this, but Lance Armstrong was born with a very strong heart. It is equivalent to two hearts of a normal person. For a normal person, such as myself, to undego the same kind of extensive training that Lance Armstrong puts himself through, with the hopes that I'll one day be as good a cyclist or runner as Lance Armstrong, would literally kill me. This is dangerous for the general public. Of course the general public probably wouldn't push themselves to the extent that Lance Armstrong would, but it may leave many people unsatisfied with their results. The public takes too much of what they read and apply it to themselves without doing the reseach they should do before applying it to their own lives.


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