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what makes a sprinter a sprinter?(6 posts)

what makes a sprinter a sprinter?dustin73
Jul 12, 2001 2:09 AM
what makes a climber a climber? do they train differently to isolate different muscles, or is due to where they train?
re: what makes a sprinter a sprinter?Peter E
Jul 12, 2001 3:37 AM
It deppends on a lot of different things. But the main cause i think is the genetic possibilities. You just are build on differnt ways that lets you be good at different specialities. size, strength, what kind of fibres your muscels are mostly built of, weight and so on.
To that it's also what kind of biking you like, if you like racing mountains you probally often do that and get good at it.
And then of course it is what you train the most of and what you have the possibilities to train in your neighbourhood
raw speed & tenacityDuane Gran
Jul 12, 2001 6:19 AM
I'm not a sprinter (far from it) and from my view of the outside, they have a genetic predisposition for short and fast performances. They are the people who sprinted well in track or generally outran everyone on the playground. However, if the distance is extended to anything over .5 kilometer they usually fade pretty quickly. Sprinters amaze me at their mental focus on the line, in spite of all sorts of risks and dangers in a mass sprint. "The candle that burns twice as bright burns half as long."

You happen to mention climbers, and that is something I can personally address. I happen to like climbing. Again, genetics plays some part in it. Most climbers have good endurance and think nothing of riding for hours. They are usually thin waifs and there is a magic number for climbers to have less than 2lbs of weight per inch of height. This isn't to say there aren't exceptions (Indurain) but it is a good rule. It is all about power/weight ratios, but there is also the mental aspect. Most people hate hills. Climbers love them and get a thrill out of the challenge. It also helps to be a little sadistic and cocky when riding in a group to believe you can climb better than anyone else.

In a way the mental aspects of sprinting and climbing are similar but the physical nature of it very different.
re: what makes a sprinter a sprinter?ScottV
Jul 12, 2001 7:54 AM
Well there are many factors but one of the major ones has to be fast twitch vs. slow twitch muscle fibers. Fast twitches are a sprinters best friend. Good for short incredible bust of power. Slow twitch are better for longer duration activities like TT or climbing.

However you can not generalized. I have been blessed with fast twitch fiber and can out sprint most of my buddies but I'm also not a bad climber.
re: what makes a sprinter a sprinter?Lone Gunman
Jul 12, 2001 10:39 AM
Me thinks lots of fast twitch muscle fiber, form, muscle training make a sprinter. Look at Marty Nothstein(sp?), looks like a power lifter more than a cyclist, he does lots of squats and weight lifting. Climbers have to develop that ability to suffer for longer periods of time like keeping HR near redline for minutes at a time and of course genetics again plays a role in both. Any individual has the ability to improve either skill to a degree where they won't get any better which is what separates the pro's from the mortals. LA is the best example, genetics, form, hard work training in the mountain passes to be the best climber and TT he can be since they are similar skills (riding close to redline for long periods of time). Just an observation.
you forgot about the drugsstr8dum
Jul 13, 2001 8:54 AM
Marty has been busted for drugs more times than you can count with one hand. he's got good lawyers/doctors though so he has gotton off.