Joe Volcano

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What Can I Do ? Now that I can't do marathons ?

Posted: 15/12/2016 at 12:21

Sorry to hear about the afib, I too have had some very serious heart problems and got back to racing. My SCA (VF) occurred at the end of a 4k (sic) race. I won't try to persuade you to change your mind about the advice but it would be interesting the next time you see this guy to ask him to explain why he thinks the duration of the event is more important than the HR level?

As for the 'the whole public adoration thing that only marathons seem to get' are you serious? You're talking about the perceptions of non-runners. Have you seen the WAVA scores for your times across different distances (easy to calculate online if you haven't) and can we ask which distance you get your best WAVA score at? If you say you like HMs then do HMs! But that will be a higher race HR than your marathon...


Best places to find training plans?

Posted: 02/10/2016 at 20:34

The training for the two events needn't be that different, depends what sort of quality work you have been doing. You can keep all the mileage and long runs going and drop the length of intervals/tempo sessions to build a bit more speed. Why do you say you don't like the look of the plans you saw? Not sure you're supposed to!


Posted: 02/10/2016 at 20:18

My best recent 10k is 41.26 but my training looks nothing like that. I'd say you need more focus on steady runs and slow down, and don't try to do flat out runs like that. Also for races don't go off at an unsustainable pace, if your km reps are only 3.45 no point in dashing off at 3.38 even in a 5k. Reps can be done at different intensities but for me, km reps are at or above 5k race pace.

Scottish Runners

Posted: 02/10/2016 at 09:22

Good luck to anyone doing GSR today, bit foggy and chilly first thing but hopefully it will warm up a bit soon! I missed the closing data so just watching on tv

Robert Young marathonman uk

Posted: 01/10/2016 at 23:27

RY's sponsor SKINS have accepted the conclusions of the report and terminated their relationship:


"The conclusion reached by Roger and Ross is one I accept.

However, it’s also the case that Rob continues to vigorously defend himself. He maintained to Roger and Ross that he ran every step of the way, but he made mistakes with the collection and handling of data.

Nonetheless, we have terminated our relationship with Rob Young.



Robert Young marathonman uk

Posted: 01/10/2016 at 20:32

The report of the investigation by Ross Tucker at Science of Sport is due to be published at 9am Sydney time which should be 11pm tonight. See the Tucker and SKINS sponsor websites. The press have had it for a couple of days under embargo as the owner of SKINS is flying back to Australia. There was a leaked page extract showing some suspicious cadence data from the running watch:


Tucker is at

Runner's lie? Cheating rumors didn’t stop Robert Young – but something else did

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 08:02

He has uploaded a ton of data to Strava now if anyone wants to peruse...


is a particularly impressive session.

Runner's lie? Cheating rumors didn’t stop Robert Young – but something else did

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 20:48

He was running with a TomTom Runner 2 Cardio (or a pair of them) which records cadence as well as HR so it would be a fair bit of work to fake it but not impossible, and more likely the longer we wait to see it. Top cyclists upload rides from the continental tours almost as soon as they get off the bike at the end of the day. The Tour de Suisse had about 45 riders uploading I think including Alex Dowsett.

I think RY is going to take some painful lessons away from this. Do you know he didn't even tell his support team he had started for the first 2.5h? Hardly surprising there is scepticism.


Strange Sensations in Throat and Sternum Only When I run

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 21:05

Having spent years struggling with symptoms like that I would get a second opinion on the heart definitely. I did and proved that the negative test results they had given me before were wrong.

Problem is that sometimes it is hard to tell apart reflux from heart probs and medics still argue the toss with me about which episodes I had were which.

In the end I had a coronary calcium scan privately which nailed it. I was off the graph!

Symptons at the start of a run which ease later are a classic sign of 'walk through angina'.

I'm not a doctor of course...


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