Ultramarathoner in NYTimes Mag


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Ultramarathoner in NYTimes Mag

Postby Conor Dary » Sat Mar 23, 2013 10:31 am

Amazing story. And I have never heard of the guy.

    Even among top athletes, Jornet is an outlier. Take his VO2 max, a measure of a person’s ability to consume oxygen and a factor in determining aerobic endurance. An average male’s VO2 max is 45 to 55 ml/kg/min. A college-level 10,000-meter runner’s max is typically 60 to 70. Jornet’s VO2 max is 89.5 — one of the highest recorded, according to Daniel Brotons Cuixart, a sports specialist at the University of Barcelona who tested Jornet last fall. Jornet simply has more men in the engine room, shoveling coal. “I’ve not seen any athletes higher than the low 80s, and we’ve tested some elite athletes,” says Edward Coyle, director of the Human Performance Laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin, who has studied the limits of human exercise performance for three decades.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/24/magaz ... wanted=all
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Re: Ultramarathoner in NYTimes Mag

Postby Master Po » Sat Mar 23, 2013 2:03 pm

I actually try to keep up with the world of ultra running, and I had never heard of him either, but I see now in perusing the Wiki entry for him,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%C3%ADlian_Jornet_Burgada

that he won Western States in 2011 and has won a major European ultra (Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc) three times, so I guess I have seen his name in results lists. Beyond or in addition to the ultrarunning world, he's a mountain running specialist ("skyrunning" is the more poetic term for it) and he apparently also excels in something called ski mountaineering, which I had never heard of til this moment.

I have read some posts on these boards before wherein ultrarunners were dismissed in various ways as at best second-rate endurance athletes, but there are some really exceptional athletes among them. He seems like one of them.
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