Recently in a webinar I was hosting, an athlete asked me a question which, whilst initially appearing tongue-in-cheek, warranted further investigation. It was two days after The Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run and Jim Walmsley had just shattered Timothy Olson’s 2012 record of 14:46:44 crossing the line at the Placer High School athletic track in 14 hours 30 minutes and 04 seconds (That is an impressive 5:26 minutes per kilometre average).The question was “When will I be able to run like Jim Walmsley?”
As I said at the beginning of this piece, my initial response was to laugh, however I then considered the different realms that we could explore the question. Did the athlete mean physiologically? Technique wise ? Strategically? Or something else entirely?