Originally Posted by PetethePrince
I agree in terms of achievements & longevity. Certainly at least in P4P terms. But what's that huge Russian that beat him and bobsleds now? I know some consider him the best. I'm not familiar enough with the sport to really argue one way or another. I know John has the greatest achievements but never toppled this opponent.
I believe John only faced that guy once, and John had hurt his arm earlier that day, so he wasn't 100%, even in his past prime form.
Originally Posted by Seamus
Guys like Fitz, Jeffries and Dempsey used to do what today would be called intervals, or at the very least waht the Finns used to call "fartlek", mixing jogging with sprinting and even walking. Roadwork mixed with hill repeats or stair running (which are essentially interval running) is unbeatable.
As an increasingly feeble ex-jock, hill repeats and roadwork are the last activities that keepsfrom falling entirely into the abyss of old age. One of these days I'm going to have a ****ing heart attack at the top of the stairs I run...
"fartlek" sounds like something that would happen in a bathroom, not a workout.
A lot of the older guys did the stuff they do now (minus the weights) just without the fancy names. As has been mentioned, several mixed in sprinting/walking with their roadwork. It's nothing new and has been used for over 100 years.