Lance Armstrong ran another marathon

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  1. twoodcc macrumors P6

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    Here is the link

    he ran 2:46, which is 13 minutes faster than the last time he ran one, but still not all that great, considering who he is
     
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    are you a distance runner? it is really tough to do well in a new race if you're not mentally ready for it. it can take a couple of races before you are.
     
  3. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    why is that bad? sure he's in good shape, but cycling and running are two totally different experiences. if this was a cycling challenge and he did horrible... criticize away.
     
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    I did not know he was the 7 time RUNNING (Marathon) champion of the Tour de France.:rolleyes:
     
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    The real news is Katie Holmes ran in the same marathon without a sports bra. Not that it looked great, just the shear mechanics of running 42k with no support.
     
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    Twood is a competitive distance runner (as am I), so he knows of what he speaks.

    I agree with him. At his competitive peak, Lance had probably the highest VO2 max on the planet. Even though cycling uses different muscles than running, VO2 max has traditionally been thought of as the single best indicator of distance running ability. The difficulty of developing "running muscles" is absolutely trivial compared to the difficulty of achieving a VO2 max anything close to what Lance has (had?).

    I'm not saying 2:46 is bad, but that time isn't even elite for female marathon runners. I'm sure he doesn't train for marathons like he trained for cycling, but I'd still expect the guy with the single best score in the world on the most important metric of distance running ability to be capable of more.
    Maybe he's just off the drugs now.
     
  7. twoodcc thread starter macrumors P6

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    thank you. in fact, i was told he has the highest VO2 max of anyone ever tested when he took the test. something like 98 or so (going off memory, i'll try to look it up).

    but QC, you knew exactly what was going thru my mind :cool:
     
  8. twoodcc thread starter macrumors P6

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    well i was told wrong about him having the highest, or a score of 98. here is what i found

     

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