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treefrogtreefrog Posts: 1,242
I have had some experience of being a mere mortal at the top end of sport, and I firmly believe that once you have hit your peak through training that you will not get much faster and that in order to beat the ultra mortals (Olympic standard athletes) you need to get them on a bad day. Therefore your ultimate potential is actually preordained by your VO2 max but you can buck the trend SLIGHTLY by training - I have first hand experience of this in rowing, I trained with two guys who made Olympic finals (4th & 5th). The point being each individual has an upper physiological limit and that once it is reached through training and hard work the real race begins...ie who is the toughest.. discuss (ps I'm not talking about club level athletes here!!)

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