Friday, October 21, 2011

Friday Fluff

  • Contrary to what most people believe, running an even pace or negative splitting is not the way to PR, at least at shorter distances. A study of 66 male world records for the 5,000 and 10,000 meters discovered that in 65 of the 66, the first and last kilometer were the fastest.
  • A 2010 study in the European Journal of Applied Physiology reported that when cyclists wore compression tights while riding, their muscles were able to flush out lactic acid faster than when they didn't wear them, leading to shorter recovery times.
  • In 2010, Chris "Macca" McCormack won the Kona Ironman - at 175 pounds, he was one of the heaviest winners ever. It's estimated he burned 8,200 calories. To replace those calories, he could have eaten:
    • 372 Gu Chomps
    • 96 ounces of Clif Shot
    • 328 cups of vegetables
    • 91 eggs
    • 6.8 pounds of steak
    • 7.3 gallons of Ironman Perform 
    • 137 oranges
    • 5.25 pounds of noodles, or
    • 13.1 cups of quinoa
Have a great weekend all!


  1. I guess I need to run 2K races since my first and last kilometer are the fastest...

  2. Wait, i'm lost. How can the first AND last K be the fastest? Same time? Are they the two fastest k's?

  3. Wow! That's A LOT of calories. It's funny to think of 175 pounds for a man to be heavy. That's dang skinny for an average height guy.

  4. I love to see these stats on calories burned by elites in a long event. I once saw what Michael Phelps ate in a day and it was astounding!

    I'll forever be a negative splitter!

  5. Concerning elite race times and PRs containing a fast first and last mile strikes me more as a case of causation vs. correlation. I suspect these splits are the fastest as part of racing dynamics. A lead pack forms to gain a good position requiring a fast start. The last mile is draining the tank.

  6. The race splits makes perfect sense to me. In the first K there is a lot of adrenaline and it feels physically easier to go fast. Then in the middle part of the race, logic kicks in ( awareness of the need to back off) and people will try to settle into a pace that they feel they can maintain. Then, the last K is about getting into the finish without any reserve left.

  7. What do they say about negative negative splitters?

    I betcha that if anyone is more or less feeling good, that last K tends to be fast.

  8. Man, quinoa would be hard to keep on a bike...

  9. Contrary to what most people believe, running an even pace or negative splitting is not the way to PR, at least at shorter distances.

    That's comforting! ::says the girl who has never seen a negative split::


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