FORTY MINUTES from the finish line at the Tuscaloosa Olympic trials, Potts's death gaze is trained on Kemper. The cycling pack has dwindled to three contenders: Potts, Kemper and Reed. As Potts enters the last of eight bike laps, Doane studies his form and nods approvingly.
Doane can't stop pacing. Potts is riding even with Reed and Kemper, his heart rate still at a smooth 165. "If this thing boils down to Andy and Hunter running together, I think Andy can outrun him," Doane says.
Today's 10 competitors know one another's abilities and strategies intimately. Almost all of them live in Colorado Springs, and they compete constantly. So when, with one mile of cycling to go, Reed makes a break for it, no one blinks. Doane watches Reed whiz by. Potts and Kemper follow 20 seconds later. "He's made that move lots of times," Doane says. "Andy can catch him on the run."
Moments later, they ditch the bikes. Reed is still running 20 seconds ahead. Potts is nearly stepping on Kemper's heels. "If Andy can stay with Hunter for five kilometers, he'll break his spirit," Doane murmurs. Potts maintains his position through the second of four laps. With three miles left to determine the next Olympian, Potts is in third place. The crowd goes crazy at the prospect of a tight three-way race.
Reed is too far ahead for Potts to see when Potts scrapes past Kemper. But as the two approach a fork in the track, a race volunteer directs Potts down the lane that leads to the finish line—a lap too early. Potts takes only a few strides in the wrong direction, but at a breakneck 4:55-mile pace, the effect is devastating. He has fallen seven seconds behind Kemper. Reed is 30 seconds ahead. Doane stares at his watch. He turns purple. "I don't have a good feeling about this." Lisa, unable to watch, sits in the grass 20 yards from the racecourse.
have they tried to do something along the lines of subjcts ing a peron to an enregy field to see whether that would either change their performance r allow someone to measure variations, which can the be corresponded to the bodies energy output.
This article was all well and good, but for high-ish level athletes none of this was new news. Many full-time athletes monitor restfullness by benchmark values on a wattage trainer, various heart rate "tests" etc... and adjust training load according to these values. This was just a long article telling the story of an American triathlete without much in the way of detailing "highly scientific training regimens".
He did not make it to the Olympics.
I enjoyed the article. I have done a couple of sprint triathlons and some marathons so it may have appealed to me more than other people.
I'll settle for a simple workout and some protein shakes, Then again, I don't plan to make the Olympics. My new invention is just fine for me, check it out at:
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This was a great article which not only detailed the struggles of one olympic athlete along with his training regimen, but it gives insight on the novelty of feedback training focused on physiological and biological parameters (direct results of excersice and training such as heart rate) rather than their consequences (Since heart rate has been controlled, the athlete may run longer or faster, etc...) I think that the idea of measuring these parameters not only periodically but constantly throughout practices is definitely a wonderful tool for training and athlete's development since, as stated in the article, it provides a very good measure of the athlete's response to the previous training and whether rest or more training is required for future workouts.
This wonderful short story is exceptionally presented with a great introduction to the athlete, a moderate level of technical explanations worth of Pop Sci and very inspirational. Thank you Cohen.