Lance Armstrong shaved approximately 10 minutes off his 2006 NYC Marathon time. He was able to take advantage of better knowledge of what it takes to run a marathon along with ideal weather with the temp in the mid 50′s under sunny skies.
Way back when, I ran a few marathons. The first marathon is really the hardest both mentally and physically. My second marathon over the same course showed an improvement of about 40 minutes. After about a decade of hard-core running, I found the bike and the rest is history. I have not looked back at running since then.
It seems that Lance may be following the opposite path. He was quoted in cycling news as saying that he is enjoying running as his main form of working out.
“For me running is the best type of workout right now because with a busy lifestyle and travel, all you need is a pair of running shoes and you can do it in any city in the world.”
Here is where I have to disagree a little. For us mere mortals, lugging a bike to our local airport, then to the hotel, then trying to find a place to ride is an extremely difficult task at best. But for Lance Armstrong? First, he does not fly commercial, he probably does not need to take his own bike. Even if he did, I don’t see him taking it apart, packing a box, and lugging the bike to his plane.
And for finding a route. He’s Lance Armstrong! I’m sure he could easily find a contact in any corner of the world who would be happy to provide route suggestions.
I have a good friend who’s only claim to fame is she is friends with Meg Ryan (they grew up together). One day, many years ago, Meg and she were talking on the phone. During the conversation, Meg tried to find common ground because both were struggling as working mothers. My friend finally said that Meg did not know what is was like to be a real working mother. First of all, Meg worked about three months out of the year. Second, she had nannies, trainers, and other ‘help.’
Thanks for trying to be one of us, Lance. Face it, you’re not. And that’s OK.