Hey guys! I really enjoyed reading all about your pre and post workout routines the other day – you all have some great ideas, and I’ve found some things to add into my routine, ie: foam rolling.
Today in the September Healthy Living / Fitness Bloggers Writing Challenge we’re discussing how we feel about the Lance Armstrong situation:
Is Lance Armstrong Still A Hero?
This is going to make me look old …
During my undergrad, Charlie Francis (Ben Johnson‘s coach), was invited to do a lecture during one of my Theory and Methodology of Training classes. At the end of his lecture there was time for a question and answer session, so of course we asked him about the use of IOC banned substances by athletes. He was very candid and admitted that there is big money on the line for elite level athletes which draws them towards doing things that may or may not currently be illegal. He indicated that the secret was to do performance enhancing things that the IOC cannot test for and that performance enhancing drug use is rampant in the sport of sprinting. In all honesty, I believe that my dear old Lance is also guilty of doing performance enhancing blood doping, too but I also believe many of the other athletes in those races did as well, only they were better at not getting caught.
(Blood doping is a performance enhancing activity used in many endurance sports that involves boosting the number of red blood cells in the bloodstream in order to increase the oxygen carrying capacity of the athlete).
In my eyes, Lance is still a hero for all that he has done to promote living an active life, and raising money for cancer. Besides, he’s still pretty cute too: