Carl Henrik wrote:he would have to compete in the lwt division to have a chance, given his relatively low VO2 max, and abysmal anaerobic capacity, especially in his upper body.
Carl Henrik wrote:He could probably develop just as good a heart for rowing (special pressure demands) as the best lwt rower, but suffers from the wrong body proportions. My guess is that if he trained he could go 6:15 or below, but sub 6:05? Very doubtful.
I would have more hopes in a 75kg x-country skier with 7L VO2max.
LateinEarlyOut wrote:Lance's 2k score can be estimated fairly well using this formula.
VO2 is not really apples and oranges, it is more like different kinds of apples. It is true that when running people tend to get higher numbers on VO2 test than say biking or rowing, but in well trained bikers and rowers this difference is very small. So the VO2 from cycling would probably tend to be fairly accurate for rowing. It would be just about developing Lance's motor program to effectivily take a ergometer stroke, which in reality is not that hard compared to a real rowing stroke in a boat.
2. The Principle of Specificity
I think it is safe to say that the media and shoe makers have combined to confuse many young and older athletes about the Principle of Specificity. Nike, and all the folks who sell exercise equipment would like you to believe that "Cross-training" is a key to peak performance. The concept sells more sports shoes and exercise machines, but is it true? Well, no. Any sport you pursue places highly specific demands on your body in at least two major ways. First, the exercise will have a very specific pattern of joint and muscle coordination. For a rower, there is absolutely no substitute for rowing. Ditto for swimming. Even when we try to duplicate the basic movement of a sports skill with strength training exercises, the transfer of increased strength to the actual sports movement is often small or absent. In the worst case this type of training can detract from performance of the real skill due to disruption of technique. Second, the exercise will place high metabolic demands on a very specific group of muscles. For example, running and cross-country skiing appear to involve many of the same muscles, used in a similar movement pattern. Yet, several research studies have demonstrated that there is NO relationship between VO2 max measured by treadmill running and VO2 max measured by cross country skiing in a group of elite-trained skiers. In contrast, there is a strong relationship between on snow skiing and performance on a skiing specific test such as the douple poling
A high endurance capacity in a specific sport requires both 1) high oxygen delivery (cardiac output) and 2) high local blood flow and mitochondrial density in the precise muscles used. The only way to optimally develop the second component of endurance is to train those exact muscles by doing your sport! Copyright © 1996 Stephen Seiler. All Rights Reserved
RowingScience wrote:OK, you would develop him through trainign and teaching - but don't forget - we began this comparing his physiology developed after many years of cycling to his rowing potential.
Consider the article quoted in the post I made today on the blog - which showed huge improvements for Lance - and that was before ll the tours he won...you just can't get that adaptaion without years of training - which wouldn't come from teaching him to row. He can be in my 8+ for sure...but I doubt he'd come close to reaching the potential he has in rowing - that is the potential performance had he begun training many years ago.
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