I was wondering if anyone had Alberto Juantorena’s training logs. I once saw an extensive pdf somewhere but the link no longer works. The m run is perhaps the hardest distance to train for. I like to use the example of Steve Ovett and Alberto Juantorena, the working class brit and the cuban. Workouts for Athletes: Train to Race DO NOT—Train to . 5 PACE Theory: Within a training block; train at 5 different racing paces . Alberto Juantorena.
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Born in Santiago de Cuba in it was quickly established that Juantorena would be tall albegto athletic and it was originally assumed that he would veer into basketball. Standing at 6ft 2inches at 14 years old it seemed obvious that basketball would be his eventual career and so he was sent to the state basketball school to hone his talents.
In school he had been a regional high-school champion at metres and metres so it seemed that track may be the natural way to go.
m run training – Book of Running
It was only a year after taking up track athletics that Juantorena qualified for the Olympics in Munich where he reached the semi-final of the m.
It seemed that the switch to track was going to pay off. The next few years saw Juantorena grabbing gold medals left, right and centre. In he picked up a gold at the Central American and Caribbean Championships at m followed up two months later with a gold in the Summer Universiade in Moscow at m.
He picked up two silvers tdaining the Pan American Games in at m and the 4xm relay before having an operation on his foot. Juantorena stepped up to m in after initially being tricked by his coach into trying it by convincing him that the other runners needed a pacemaker. Despite this he made it to the Olympic Games finals that year albrto gold in both m and m.
In the m final Juantorena led the field throughout and won the race with a world record time of 1: Van Damme would tragically lose his life five months later when he was killed in a car crash. The experience was invaluable to Ovett who went on to pick up gold four years later in Moscow.
He continued to dabble with both m and m distances over the next few years finding success in both. In the jiantorena, however, the initial run finished in controversial fashion when Juantorena, who finished third, lodged an official complaint due wlberto not being able to hear the starters gun.
Having been born with flat feet that constantly caused him problems with his back and feet he decided to have corrective surgery. Despite this he continued to dominate at m in picking up gold at the Central American and Caribbean Games as well as a gold in the m. The hamstring injuries were to hamper his build up to the Moscow Olympics where he missed out on a medal at m after placing fourth.
But he bounced back in where he picked up a gold at m at the Central American and Caribbean Championships followed by a gold at the Central American and Caribbean Games in at m. Everyone told him alberro career was over but Juantorena returned to training and had an eye on the Olympics in Los Angeles. But Cuba joined a boycott of the Olympics meaning that his international career was over. Alberto Juantorena juantoreja from athletics soon after with a tally of 13 Gold medals, 5 Silver medals and 2 Bronze medals throughout his career.
He is also the subject of a David Coleman commentating quiz question in many sporting quizzes. The question or a variation of it is as follows:. Juantorena remains the only man in the history of modern Olympics to do both the m and slberto double.
Many rraining tried to do the double and every single one of them have failed.
‘El Caballo’ – The Training of Alberto Juantorena
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