Month: May 2017

How fit is your fat?

I wrote in my previous blog that I last week attended Exercise Metabolism congress in Gothenburg, Sweden. After a first mountain bike race for the season (what a struggle) on Saturday followed by a families get-to-together with my wife’s uni friends over the weekend, I also had close to 7 hours on Sunday during an easy cycling session over 170 kilometers to sort out my thoughts regarding the topics covered in the meeting. Thus, here are my major thoughts based on the congress that I was thinking when trying to improve my fat metabolism, muscle capillarization and heart’s stroke volume by low intensity, long-duration cycling yesterday.

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Exercise, metabolism and aging

Exercise has numerous effects on bodily functions and the current state-of-the-art knowledge in the field will be updated in a Cell symposium that starts today in Gothenburg, Sweden.  Recent Cell Metabolism issue also deals with the topics in more detail also in a written form beforehand and looks like it will be an exciting meeting again with world-leading professors talking about their research and that of others.

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Eliud Kipchoge – 2:00:25 – Simply astonishing

Sounds basically impossible but Eliud Kipchoge was yesterday able to run some 2,5 minutes faster than is the current marathon world record, which is already amazing time and these type of records are not usually beaten by that large margin. He stopped clocks in a time 2:00:25 in Nike’s sub-2 marathon attempt which was held on a racetrack in Monza, Italy. There has been quite a lot of speculation about his shoes and other things and it was not accepted as an official world record due to numerous reasons such as there was a car setting the pace for him and other runners. In a way that should not matter, that is unbeliavably fast!

To find out all the details Runner’s World has covered the topic well and it might also be worth of wathing the entire run. Read also their report on the attempt as well as Mike Joyner’s analyses what we should still expect. I have listened to many of Mike’s presentations on the topic but also researchers such as Andy Jones and many others have presented very interesting ideas and calculations which are worth of visiting if you are interested in reading some more what these running velocities for such a long periods require physiologically. I would say Kipchoge’s run was simply astonishing and I hope there is nothing else behind that time but unique genetics and very hard training.

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