02 Apr '13, 7pm

What does it feel like to blood-dope? You can find out (and help people) with this experiment:

Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to blood-dope, either by reinfusing your own blood or by boosting your red blood cell count with EPO? How would it affect your effort levels? How much faster would you go? The good news is that you can find out, and help your fellow citizens in the process, by donating blood. My column in today's Globe and Mail takes another look at the challenge of combining endurance training with blood donation. As I blogged about a few weeks ago , a recent study suggests that donating plasma rather than whole blood is an option that doesn't interfere with training or racing plans. Removing whole blood (and the red blood cells it contains), on the other hand, is essentially the exact opposite of blood doping. I asked University of Exeter researcher Andy Jones, who's done research both on the effects of blood donation and on the effects of E...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/health/what-it-feels-blood-do...

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