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Trivia Tidbit Of The Day: Part 91 -- Lance Armstrong.

Lance Armstrong, Super Humanoid Cycling Dynamo-

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...the best way to absorb the magnitude of Armstrong’s physical power and endurance is to compare him to others. In one hour of bike riding, Armstrong can cover 32 miles as opposed to the 21 miles a top runner could cover on a bike and the 16 miles an average cyclist could cover.

Armstrong possesses a large, strong heart that can beat over 200 times a minute operating at maximum capacity and pump an exceptionally large volume of blood and oxygen to his legs—only around 100 other men on earth, who have been tested, have comparable abilities and only two other competitive cyclists that Coyle has tested in the past 20 years have even come close to Armstrong’s 200 heartbeats per minute.

If a normal male college student were to train at a grueling pace for two or more years, the student’s maximum oxygen uptake would not increase above 60 ml/kg/min—Coyle estimates that even if Armstrong became a couch potato, his would not dip below 60 ml/kg/min.

And better with age.

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Source:

Edward F. Coyle, "Improved muscular efficiency displayed as Tour de France champion matures," Journal of Applied Physiology; read the UT press release here.

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Posted by Will Franklin · 28 June 2005 09:53 AM

Comments

Lance Armstrong may be the most accomplished athlete in history - just getting through the Tour de France is a feat, let alone winning it six times in a row.

Posted by: Am I A Pundit Now? at June 28, 2005 10:39 AM

Woo Woo! ... Lance!

Posted by: Cindy T. at June 28, 2005 10:52 AM

I like Lance Alot!...Cheryl Crow is lucky...

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at June 28, 2005 11:24 AM

#15. Bush = Trotsky... Are they kidding? Tell me they are kidding!

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at June 28, 2005 08:03 PM