I'm not trying to be funny with you. All I'm trying to explain is that 4k to GT contender is not an especially remarkable path for an extremely gifted athlete.taiwan said:Nah you started comparing similar endurance based events, but now you're randomly throwing in sprint events and claiming interchangability. You could could pretty easily find amateur sprinters quicker than Mo Farah over 60m. Also as I understood it endurance is easier to train than speed. And for the comparison with Wiggins 5/10k is too short to compare even to a long ITT.
I wonder if you've been lecturing on this topic for years or whether you just jumped on the bandwagon after the Tour. In the end it's a sideshow anyway - I'm not even claiming it's impossible for an IP rider to go for GC, but do I belive that there is a ready path between the 2, or believe in Wiggins tranformation? Hmm. I doubt this is changing anyone's opinion either way.
You are correct in that endurance is easier to train than speed but with runners, the body type of full on sprinters is too heavy (and their muscle composition too weighted in favour of fast twitch white fibres) for them to transfer their talent easily to longer distances. The lighter framed distance runner with slow twitch fibres can transform some of their type 2b fibres into fast twitch fibres with training. They can still generate a lot of speed without the power because there is less mass to accelerate.
Anyway, just trying to help. I'll leave it at that.
I know jack about doping doctors but I know a hell of a lot about training endurance athletes.