As is typical of African runners, his training is polarized. Almost 60% (110 km of his 190km a week) was at 6:15 min/mile or slower. About 8 % was at paces near marathon pace, and 6% faster than marathon pace (approximately 4:48 /mile that year) The majority of his distance training was conducted at altitude above 8000 feet. Thus, training performed near to marathon pace was adding additional pressures on his body, giving him the advantage over his sea level prepared competitors.  According to estimates, Geb’s easy pace of 6:15 per mile would probably be equivalent to around 5:50 per mile at sea level.  No matter how it is calculated it was clear that Geb was doing a substantial proportion of his training at pace which would have been fairly easy for him.

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