Viren’s training was different to the ‘complex system’ of de Castella as he didn’t have a weekly re-occurring routine or schedule but instead switched his training around from week to week.  However, he did have his favorite workouts that he would complete regularly. Examples of these are below:50 x 100 meters all-out as 5000m around the track of sprinting the straights and floating the bends or 10 by 400m in 59 seconds with 200m jog recovery.  Notably this session was paired with the ritual of Viren climbed over the fence at the track in Helsinki, as a kind of mental stimulus. Climbing the fence instead of walking through the gate was symbolic of getting over the problems he had faced.”

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