31 Mar '15, 9pm

Some great insights here from @stevemagness on how scientists should interact with coaches

The problem is the jumps that are made. For instance, when discussing economy, Coyle pulled out his work on Lance Armstrong on how efficiency can improve over time. There are obvious problems with this, which are so blatant I don’t even need to go into them. Then to no surprise, he pulled out the famed Andy Jones work on Paula Radcliffe to demonstrate how VO2max doesn’t change with performance and that LT and economy do. And it’s these changes that led to her world record performance. The problem we have here is that we’re basing our entire view of world class marathoning on a single person, an extreme outlier, which elites certainly are, but I’m not sure if that is the best approach. For instance, Coyle jumped to conclusions that because Jones reported that Radcliffe could run at 88% of her VO2 for a marathon while men could only run at 85% of their VO2, that the fastest ...

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