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in: billh; billh > 2016-05-12

May 12, 2016 4:11 PM # 
matzah ball:
read nyt article about scientists quest for 2 hr marathon. interesting that he put k bekele on 1700 cal carbo rich diet to lose weight for london marathon
May 12, 2016 5:59 PM # 
huh, yeah, my brother is into this 80/10/10 diet which is 80% carb, big on brown spotted bananas. wow, 1700 for a marathoner, crazy. he must burn through that halfway through his training day, haha.

the nice thing with the broth is it really satiates, and it is only 15 Kcal per tsp (6g); haven't weight it yet, but I'm not putting in more than 3 tbsp or about 18g, so it has to be less than 50 Kcal. I really think I can sustain it until Mem Day. the question will be whether I am banking calories before 3pm . . . I have a pretty hefty lunch, and a snack at 3pm, we'll see.
May 12, 2016 11:06 PM # 
ps--just read bekele dropped out of London, so I guess it didn't work!
May 12, 2016 11:32 PM # 
matzah ball:
that was 2015 london. we're talking 2016. Kenenisa Bekele, racing his first marathon in 15 months, was third in 2:06:36.
May 13, 2016 8:06 PM # 
aaaah, got it, read more of the article and sounds like he was in terrible shape prior to London 2015, 20 lb overweight, shrunk muscles, beatup legs. what happened to him? then it got into his superstitious beliefs about the power of the local priests who can curse people, sounds like he believes he was cursed.
May 13, 2016 9:09 PM # 
matzah ball:
injuries. yes, there was an interesting dialogue between the scientist who was coaching/guiding him and kb...they both respected each others points of view even though they disagreed in some areas.
May 14, 2016 2:06 AM # 
did you read the letsrun thread on this article . . . priceless . . . descends into typical LetsRun cynicism, name-calling, accusations of doping, and insults, but definitely entertaining. I have to admit, when I read "Bekele turned inward and refused to confide in PItzilakis", I actually thought "doping", and especially when he visited the "Healing Hans" . . . I mean, if taken literally, it's an inspiring miracle story to go from 20 lb overweight and injured to 3rd at the London Marathon in the space of . . . 3 months, timeline not clear. I dunno what to believe these days.

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