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Día 41 "Testando a la Bestia"

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19 Day "Somewhere US airspace"

What a race yesterday!!! It was a blast!!! It was a mentally battle between your fears and the magic word “Possible”. I was till halfway in third position, so I was not even able to feel scare, when I was rolling at almost 40mph in the first downhill and, when the first long uphill show up, I was reconverted in a “hunter-killer”. It does not matter what you feel inside your body, you are a machine, you just stay focus in your racing wheelchair frame, and no matter what happen´s around you, the only thing in the world that exists is your body.

It was a challenge between my mind and my body, and I was able to beat myself, winning by just 23 seconds to the athlete who beat me in London. This time was no pain, no fear, no humans feelings, just working as a perfect machine, thinking in every movement I was able to perform… Just 23 seconds for getting my 12 Bloomsday in a row and tie with an athlete that I admire since I began to practice this sport, the American Jean Driscoll.

Now it´s time to rest, train and start to think in my next goal… I want to race again in 3min40sec the 1500m and I want it!!!


Santiago Sanz an enthusiastic athlete, coach and exercise phsysiologist learner

@santirun on twitter

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Day 12 "After a long trip"

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Day 8 It´s all about British weather

After Miguel´s torture (Spanish Physio of the London Marathon), an easy workout of ten miles and welding my racing chair from the crack I did at Boston Marathon, I feel… QUITE RELAX!!!

This year resting after Boston was the keypoint, so non activity since I landed from Boston, just a long push with my everyday chait through the Thames river, till Parliament square.

A short and faster workout tomorrow, a technical meeting, dinner and dream with a big day, with an intense race and make my family enjoy because they will be supporting me right at the finish line.

Day 5 Boston-London

Pain? Just lay down in the sofa of Marriott Boston hotel, waiting to be pick up by a shuttle which bring me to the airport in a few hours, with all the crazy stuff I have to transport in this 50 days Tour. I will be heading London (UK) tonight.

First two things to do in London:

- Find a welder to fix the fender´s bar of my racing chair

- Get recovered from the trip, yesterday´s marathon and all the stressful situation that a trip like this create.

I am happy with my time and race because it was pretty windy through all race and I have had pain in my legs in the last few weeks. Pain is pretty intense from 30Km. Fender broke in the last four miles, so was not pretty bad at all.

I went to dinner yesterday with awesome friends. James was there (he invite us to dinner). He´s a differente abilities runners, just an example of how you can do whatever you want, with the stuff that allow you to do it. In this case, his orthesis, the turbo med, allow him to finish a marathon a little bit over five hours and, What does it really means? It´s just an element of stay focus and self demand, much bigger that in racers who cross the line under two hours.

Just followed today nutrition tips from Asker Jeukendrup (sport nutritionist), who recommend a high proteinI/carbs post race breakfast, so I went with my athlete Jose to the famous Thortons and enjoy the traditional american oatmeal and a huge omelette (share with Jose) of veggies, ham and turkey.

It´s quite interesting the history from wheelchair racer Hiroyumi Yamamoto, who lost his son by a drunk driver and who race a few months later, the Tokyo Marathon. As a father of two, I just can can admire this person, with this act of physical strength. Hiroyumi has won this Boston marathon in 2014, and he recently got the qualification for the Rio Games being 47 years old. The most important quality of this gentlemen, is that he´s a person who always smile you, whenever see you, because he learned to smile to adversity.

Next stop London and as japanese runner Yuki Kawauchi say´s:

Pain is inevitable! Suffering is optional!

Santiago Sanz an enthusiastic athlete, coach and exercise phsysiologist learner

@santirun on twitter

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@santirun on twitter

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Day 2 Boston

It has been a quiet day here in Boston!!!

A nice, cool and fresh morning workout with pretty heavy winds through the river bikepath, which just help´s me to study more my body, my feelings, my mind. I don´t like to push pretty slow the days before a race, otherwise I feel kind of sleepy on race day. Right at the Ventilatory threshold is the intensity I like to train by 96 hours before a race (for exercise physiology lovers).

Few minutes of stretching in my room and right after a quick shower, I have lunch with pretty interesting people of the American Charcot Marie Tooth Association from the Boston Area.

Kind of a short nap and went to Boston Public library for a short study session (It close at 5PM). It´s pretty amazing the prints in the walls of a IXX century building, where I have followed writing my exercise physiologist paper and training my brain.

… Two more days to race!!! It´s all about control your fears… control your dreams!!!

Santiago Sanz an enthusiastic athlete, coach and exercise phsysiologist learner

@santirun on twitter

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Day 1 Boston

It could be one more day in this chilly but cozy and friendly town of Northeast US… It could be another freezing sunshine in a metropolis where is continuosly boiling the business, academic and sport life!!!

Today is my first day of my US Tour and from the 35Th floor of this Marriott Hotel in downtown Boston, I can still hearing the sound of the bombing events that three years ago let me perplexed, as the rest of the world.

I landed yesterday with a few more runners who were talking very excited, about his first Boston Marathon. It would not be an agonic effort, it would be an agoninc pleasure, taking part at the world´s oldest marathon, which is celebrating his 120Th edition.

I´m gonna grab my bib number and push around downtown of this wonderful town. An easy workout through the river bikepath and a few study hours will complete the day.

I will keep you update about the pre race events of the race that I will back to enjoy on Monday, I think with the same emotions as the first time I race on than tragic 2013 day.

Santiago Sanz an enthusiastic athlete, coach and exercise phsysiologist learner

@santirun on twitter

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Blood Passport, a Must!

Paralympic Athletics has an expensive pendind task, and it´s not gonna be easy to accomplish, but the several positives in the last feaw years show that athletes should be subjected to rigorous control as our Olympic colleagues.

In 2013 Jean Paul Compaore (Canada) tested positive for recombinant EPO and he was baned for five years (due to second positive). Last year Polish Tomasz Hamerlak tested positive for the exogen steroid “stanozolol” and he was baned for a four year suspention.

How reliable is the current model in Paralympic athletics? If We considere number of positives detected by Blood Passport in Olympic Athletics, We might think it is necessary, to get to this model.

Blood Passport detects blood doping in athletes through longitudinal monitoring of erythropoietic markers. Abnormal samples are those which are statistically improbable, as for example, the Spanish Runner Marta Dominguez show suspects hemoglobin and reticulocytes levels, considering her cronologic evolution, also opposite trends in several samples.

Talking about kenyan Marathon runner Rita Jeptoo, her erythrocytes level were really low, considering her >16g/dl hemoglobin levels. She was baned with a two years sanction.

There are several athletes who were reporting altitude training camps, as a exuse to abnormalities in the blood passport, but a recent study “High altitude, prolonged exercise, and the athlete biological passport”, Schumacher YO1, Garvican LA, Christian R, Lobigs LM, Qi J, Fan R, He Y, Wang H, Gore CJ, Ma F. (2015), concludes that the abnormalities observed in the haematological athlete blood passport, of well-trained athletes during extensive exercise at altitude are limited and in line with expected physiological changes.

Santiago Sanz an enthusiastic athlete, coach and exercise phsysiologist learner

@santirun on twitter

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An overview on Human Systems complexity

While so many coaches and researchers still try to find a lineal relation between all human systems, still unclear how does it work and if every single system goes in the same direction, as We can see than the autonomic nervous system can show a slightly decrease in the parasympathetic activity during a few cycles, due to the pre-competitive tapering and on the other side, there can be an increase of the hemathologic parameters.

Baroreflex sensitivity can show an opposite pattern than heart rate variability, due to hemodynamics has a big influence in this one, so not everthing looks so simple as the theory clarify.

Talking about cognitive, what happen with mood states? Can those be influenced by trips and stay in the opposite direction of physiological markers?

Robert Chapman, Benjamin Levine and Stray-Gundersen reported in several studies that runners who live high and train high will not perform as good as the athletes who train intense sessions low “live high-train low”, due to they cannot keep gases flux, but We have to consider this, if We think in Kenyan, Ethiopians,… Increase ventilatory drive or breathing frequency can be the keypoint, or even considering biochemical reactions as a lower ammonia, or blood lactate concentration till they reach a very high running intensity, as reported by Bengt Saltin et al. (1995), finally We can conclude that running economy is the most important performance factor for middle and long distance events as reported by Davison, R. et al. (2009).

So when We try to find control tools for the assesment of training program, We must not make inferences if all human Systems do not response in the same direction, so it´s a personal decision what´s the system We will choose for an objective monitoring of training load.

Santiago Sanz an enthusiastic athlete, coach and exercise phsysiologist learner

@santirun on twitter

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COME IN, WELCOME TO A NEW DESERT! (2ND PART)

On 13th October 2011 at aproximately 5pm, I received a phone call from an IPC leader member.

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COME IN, WELCOME TO A NEW DESERT! (1ST PART)

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What would be the reaction of media and society if athletes like Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, Rafael Nadal, Yelena Isinbayeva, etc … could not exercise their legitimate right to participate in the upcoming Olympics Games to be held in London next Summer 2012 ? … This sad fact unfortunately will happen at the London 2012 Paralympic Games and is my personal duty as an affected athlete and lover of my sport, that society know all of this and and learn to judge the perpetrators of this barbaric …

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touching absurdity

Good Morning to all my friends,

Firstly, I am sorry that I have not updated you on my site while in New Zealand. It was not a lot of free time for me while at the 2011 World Championship between races and training. Another issue was the lack of internet connection at the hotel. In this message I will try to explain why the 2011 World Championships in New Zealand was the worst that I have ever attended – I have participated in two other World Championships prior to this one (Lille 02, and Assen 06).

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Letter to Santa Clauss

Dear Santa Clauss,

I can imagine you´ll be very busy at this time with all orders from children around the world but due to I was so good this year I would really like you to grant me several wishes to go beyond the merely material, in short I would really like you help me to improve several issued about Paralympic athletics that I can not understand.

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On board diary 2010

June 22nd 2010

What a busy days that I had. On Saturday I race in Duluth and as you know the main protagonist in the race was hard wind.

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Analyzing World Champs standards

I wrote yesterday to an IPC member and I informed the totally disagree that many athletes showed against the new IPC politics…

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A magic day

In all my life I´ve never seen a picture of the end of the year as winter due to the snow in these parts of the Mediterranean is so rare as a sunny day in the UK.

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Family still growing

Daniela will be one year next week and her sister Ana will be born next 22nd December by the way she´s a little bit bigger than Daniela with 26 weeks and is already 1Kg.

Ana 26 weeks from Santiago Sanz on Vimeo.

the loneliness of the long distance runner/racer

Yesterday morning while I was enjoying a great sauna after my training session II was thinking how would be my evening session in the mountain where I use to go two-three times a week to train around dessertic roads…and where I arrived to “La Cañada de la leña”.

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On board diary

Thursday 9th July

Today main task was test the new racing chair and for this what can be better than an easy push of 15 miles around the rolling roads close to Eaglesportschairs factory… just at the end of the workout I felt a little dehidrated because the heat and humidity was a little high but the feelings were so good for be my first session with the chair (yesterday just was a short test before paint it).

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Down Under

Last year town of Christchurch which is the second largest town in New Zealand (540000 population) was chosen to held the Athletics World Champs IPC in 2009/2010 season.

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Nonsense

Athletics is an exciting sport but the athlete preparation is a complex task and every parameters which determine the perfomance of an athlete are studied carefully for it´s harmonious developement through the sport life career.

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Just don´t do it!

Imagine for a moment this situation: Doctor hasn´t came today but no worries the butcher will cure you! What would be your face expression when you listen this nonsense?

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Words to Marcos

My friend Marcos left us suddenly some days ago.

I only had the opportunity to live with him a few moments but they were enough to know like he used to say " a person with a huge heart".

I want to send condolences to all his family and friends.

Now you can run free!

Welcome

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Regards and hope to see you soon,

Santi.

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