Most remarkable sport event in July, Tour de France, is over and was again won by Chris Froome. This blog is not so much focused on which rider or athlete wins or loses in some competition and I will therefore leave those things for the journalists. During the Tour an interesting and memorable picture was however taken and posted on Instagram by one of the riders, which nicely shows what endurance training is capable of doing in our body. Some said that rider should see his doctor, but his legs are not neccesarily showing any bad injuries or fatigue but are simply a result of extreme endurance training caused mainly by two main physiological factors.
Today will be 120 years since the birth of one of the greatest runners of all time – Finnish Paavo Nurmi. Nurmi was born in Turku, Finland, and every year on June 13th Paavo Nurmi Games will be organized in Turku in the memory of Nurmi. This track and field event is now part of the IAAF World Challenge -series and has attracted many world-famous athletes to Turku, such as pole vaulter and current (indoors) world-record holder Renauld Lavillenie and leading javelin thrower Thomas Röhler. In addition to the current stars and games, also Nurmi’s training and life can teach us a lot about world-class preparation and improving fitness.