It’s been so long since I wrote anything here, I fear I’ve forgotten how. All I’ve written in the last few months is academic analysis of concussion data for scientific journals, so here’s hoping this doesn’t come out that way. But here goes… The failure to regulate “super shoes” hurts running. It undermines one of […]
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Short thought on sport: Introducing The Science of Sport Podcast
The Science of Sport has a podcast! In case you missed, we have four episodes already, and the plan is a fortnightly discussion on some sports science issue that journalist Mike Finch and I deem to be engaging and of interest. This post summarizes what we’ve done so far!
A short thought on sport: Evaluating Eliud. Is Kipchoge a next-gen 2:02 marathoner, or a mid-2:04 runner in a technologically superior shoe? Who knows?
Eliud Kipchoge is a physiological marvel. The Nike Vaporfly is a technological marvel. Both improve marathon performance. Except these statements can’t both be true, and the implications for the integrity of running and how we evaluate performances, can’t be ignored. This is an article on why that is.
4-bullet Friday: More on the age-elite athlete thing, you all rock, plus “My most interesting” links for you
Real quick-fire today, with some links and things I found interesting this week: [ribbon toplink=true]1. The elite athlete and age: Follow up on my last post[/ribbon] On Wednesday, I wrote a short thought on whether the conventional wisdom around how elite athletes “expire” and fade with age may be outdated. Seems to me that we […]
The pursuit of the sub-2 marathon: Where to next?
Where do we go next? Now that Eliud Kipchoge has taken us to the brink of a sub-2 hour marathon, have the boundaries of human endurance been recalibrated? Can we expect a 1:59 soon? Or did the Nike staged event simply move some of the boundaries aside? This piece looks at potential benefits, and asks whether we should expect to see a speeding up, or a slowing down, in the foreseeable future?