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Old 04-21-2008, 06:22 PM   #1
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Who would win?

2 identical runners (weight, height, etc.) The both run the exact same times in a 10k.

For 6 months:

- One traines exclusively with CrossFit

- One trains in a traditional 10k training program (Hal Higdon, RunnersWorld, etc.)



Who wins the new 10k race?
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Old 04-21-2008, 06:43 PM   #2
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Re: Who would win?

The one who specifically trains for an event *with optimal training* should do better in said event.

That said, I don't know the efficacy of the latter programs (haven't seen any of them) although the specific work should help immensely.

Basically, the latter should in theory win.
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Old 04-21-2008, 06:55 PM   #3
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Re: Who would win?

Who ever wants it more. Specialization will most likely win out. Who is in better shape the cossfitter of course. Who wants to be in "running" shape? I say anything longer than a 5K learn to fight or shoot better. If you put a runner and a heroin guy next to each other you can't tell them apart except trackmarks. Sunken eyes, drawn in face, bad posture. Sprinters are very tough, I would like to see how crossfit would affect them. If you are a runner please don't take offense to this. If you are a heroin addict please don't take offense to being compared to a runner, they annoy everyone.
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Old 04-21-2008, 07:01 PM   #4
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Re: Who would win?

What happens with a sprinter + CF is a tremendous loss in maximal speed.
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Old 04-21-2008, 07:12 PM   #5
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Re: Who would win?

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What happens with a sprinter + CF is a tremendous loss in maximal speed.
Yep. I keep trying to tell people this, but they don't listen. Especially that D1 track guy on here.. McBride I think.
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Old 04-21-2008, 07:24 PM   #6
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Re: Who would win?

Yeah, CF is great for building maximal work capacity in a short time, but sucks for sport specific training. The work capacity would be nice in order for a sprinter to utilize more volume in practice. If a sprinter were to incorporate CF it should be immediately after the season is over, and cease near the end of the offseason begins.
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Old 04-22-2008, 04:17 AM   #7
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Re: Who would win?

Whoever could run faster. That's my opinion and I'm stickin' with it.

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Old 04-23-2008, 09:22 AM   #8
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Re: Who would win?

The sport specific athlete would win because that is all that he does.

However, if both athletes were then exposed to different sport specifc competitions (not running), the CF athlete would exceed significantly, because their training has been routed around a variety of cross fit activities.

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Old 04-25-2008, 11:47 AM   #9
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Re: Who would win?

Neither, Chuck Norris would beat them both.
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Old 04-25-2008, 11:50 AM   #10
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Re: Who would win?

Batman, hands down.
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