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Theories on Kalenjin Dominance

I caught a fascinating Radiolab podcast this morning discussing the Kenyan/Kalenjin dominance of distance running. It touches on all the usuals: altitude, diet, childhood exercise etc. and then goes on to raise a different angle on the controversial topic of genes: circumcision – seriously! Fascinating theory and it even sounds vaguely plausible to me.

Also read another good article from Science of Sport which talks sense on the incentives, aspiration and pathways to success that have made Iten such a factory of talent. The comparisons are with South Africa but equally applicable to Australia in many ways.

Training is going well and I’m starting to see some improvements. I think another 3 or 4 weeks and I’ll be ready for a hard training block over the Christmas break.

Saturday: Parkrun St. Peters (slow 17:06, still coughing my guts up in these harder efforts)

Sunday: 24k with Gary’s group in Centennial.

Monday: Easy 12k commute

Tuesday: Montpelier St. 8km continuous hills, 6x short (1:50, 1:46, 1:42, 1:39, 1:39, 1:37), 6x long (4:02, 3:54, 3:52, 3:49, 3:47, 3:41). Very happy with the session. Felt good and recovered well. Slight tightness in the hips.

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