I should probably start out this post by saying that I have never taken steroids, nor do I plan to. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’d freebase
I used quotes around “steroids” because the drug that he used, Erythropoietin or EPO, actually just boosts red blood cell production. It’s normally a naturally occurring hormone that controls red blood cell production. Turns out, the more red blood cells you have the longer and harder you can push. (That’s what she said) It’s also the same drug that is prolific in cycling and is what Lance Armstrong likely took for years and years.
|Lance Armstrong really|
bulked up lately
I sent the link to a friend who asked me a question that I had indeed thought of before: “Do you ever wonder how much taking EPO would help a normal runner like you or I?” In short.....Yes, I do wonder that.
In the article it actually said that it wasn’t all that hard to get the drugs – a simple drive to Mexico was really all it took. So, it isn’t about lack of availability as it is morals. I’m 100% sure that I’d never take them to specifically make myself faster. In fact, I said that I would likely not fully consider any super-downhill course a PR. The guilt would get to me too much. Stupid morals.... But I really do wonder how much faster it would make me. I mean, right now I run 7:00 min/miles for a marathon. Would that drop me down to 6:00? Or, would it be closer to 6:45/mile?
I certainly think that there is a certain "type" of runner that it would help. The reality is that if you don't have the muscles, no amount of red blood cells are going to help you move your legs faster. But, they will likely help you maintain the speed that you have already in your legs for longer periods of time. Maybe?
So, would YOU ever consider it? How much faster do you think it’d make a normal runner?