Science, Shane and Spine

I am a runner. An ultrarunner. And a scientists. Everyone will say that I do a lot of racing. Some might even say that I do too much racing. Couple of years ago I extended my ultrarunning playground, so that it includes the whole world. And since ultra-running is a just big family, it was just a matter of time I would bump into Shane from RunningReborn.

Shane is a motion specialist and biggest collector and analyst of running data in the world. With the amount of racing I do, I can potentially produce a huge amount of data. And with my scientific attitude I was always searching for a pattern, trying to analyze data. And I want to be better runner as well. Seems like a  perfect much, huh?

We first met this March in Morocco, where used DorsaVi sensors by ViMove for the first time. It had some limitations, but worked well. Thanks to Shanes expertize I got a couple of advices for improvement. Right away, right there in the desert. We kept in touch and this December move the collaboration further. Shane came to visit my place, met with Josef Andrle, my coach and specialist in the field of sports physiology, nutrition and metabolism and had a fruitful discussion.

Meeting in Morocco

Meeting in Morocco

Movement Assessemt

Movement Assessemt

Sometimes I felt very gifted as there were two top coaches, spending their time thinking how I could be better.

Technological advance has enabled us to move our collaboration even further. For the Spine Race, I will be wearing set of ViMove sensors on my shins. For the whole Spine Race – that is 430 km under extreme circumstances – cold, wind, dark and whatever weather England brings upon me. As this race is non-stop, and in the past four editions has taken me some 100 hours to finish, it is a race where I have to fight extreme fatigue, sleep deprivation, hallucinations.. and still keep moving.

With all the scientific toys.

With all the scientific toys.

With that said – I will produce a huge amount of data, which can be than analyzed and it will be very interesting to see how my runnnig efficiency changes over time under these extreme conditions. I will race every km of Spine, I will race hard with sensor on my legs.

Follow me at live.thespinerace.com  (no. 104) and at my facebook at @ARPalonc.

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