Thursday, March 29, 2012

Athlete Explanations For Failed Drug Test

1. In 2005, American cyclist Tyler Hamilton offered a unique explanation after drug testing officials discovered evidence of blood doping. Hamilton said the different blood found mixed with his own could have come from a “vanishing twin” whom he had absorbed in utero. Thirty-four years earlier.

2. German runner Dieter Baumann, a former Olympic champ in the 5000 meters, tested positive for nandrolone. His two-year suspension cost him the 2000 Summer Olympics. Baumann voluntarily underwent further tests that showed fluctuating amounts of nandrolone in his system depending on the time of day. Baumann’s explanation: the nandrolone was in his toothpaste, which obviously had been spiked.

3. Tennis star Petr Korda tested positive at Wimbledon in 1998, claiming the nandrolone in his system came from a veal entree. Some experts estimated he would’ve had to eat 40 calves a day for 20 years to account for the levels of nandrolone in his system.

4. Five North Korean soccer players tested positive for steroids at the Women’s World Cup in 2011. The North Korean delegation claimed the steroids were unknowingly included with traditional Chinese medicines based on musk deer glands.
Why were they taking medicines based on musk deer glands?
The federation said the players needed them to recover from being struck by lightning during training.

5. Cyclist Alberto Contador was stripped of his 2010 Tour de France title after testing positive for clenbuterol. The Court of Arbitration upheld the test findings and banned him for two years. Contador claimed the positive test was caused by eating contaminated meat on a 2010 Tour rest day.

6. Cuban high jumper Javier Sotomayor tested positive for cocaine at the 1999 Pan American Games and was stripped of his gold medal. Cuban dictator Fidel Castro defended him, blaming the sabotage on the “Cuban-American mafia.”

7. Fani Halkia, who won gold for Greece in the Olympic 400m hurdles in 2004, tested positive for methyltrienalone in Beijing and was banned from competition for two years. Her story? She blamed it on tampered diet supplements.
Fifteen Greek athletes, including 11 members of the Olympic weightlifting team, were also suspended for methyltrienolone. That’s a lot of tampering.

8. In the Way Too Much Information Department, Spanish race walker Daniel Plaza, an Olympic gold medalist, blamed his positive test for nandrolone on having oral sex with his pregnant wife.

9. Spanish cyclist Isabel Moreno disappeared two days before the Beijing Olympics after she allegedly failed a drug test. Moreno’s reason for disappearing from the scene? She didn’t admit to the positive test, saying instead on her website that she had an anxiety attack and needed to go home.

10. Bulgarian tennis star Sesil Karatancheva attributed one of her two positive tests for nandrolone to being pregnant despite the fact her urine samples showed no evidence of a pregnancy.

11. American track star Dennis Mitchell, part of the 1992 gold medal relay team, claimed his positive test for elevated levels of testosterone came from having five beers and four sexual encounters with his wife the night before a 1998 test.

12. Ben Johnson (winning above), who famously tested positive for stanozolol at the Seoul Olympics in 1988 after defeating American Carl Lewis for the 100 meters gold medal, blamed his positive test that day on a spiked energy drink. He was banned for life in 1993 after another positive test.

13. Canadian snowboarder Ross Rebagliati tested positive for marijuana after winning gold in the giant slalom at the Nagano Olympics in 1998. He claimed second-hand smoke and was allowed to keep his medal.

14. LaShawn Merritt won gold in 2008 at the Beijing Olympics but was suspended after failing three consecutive tests from October 2009 to January 2010. Merritt was taking ExtenZe, known familiarly as penis enhancement pills. “Any penalty that I may receive for my action will not overshadow the embarrassment and humiliation that I feel inside,” Merritt said at the time.

15. Richard Gasquet, a French tennis player, tested positive for cocaine at a tournament in Florida a few years ago. He said he kissed a girl who had ingested cocaine at a nightclub. A tribunal cleared him to return to competition.

16. Baseball’s Manny Ramirez blamed his first positive test on a medication given to him by his doctors. The medication? A women’s fertility drug. Experts say the drug is commonly used by athletes to restart their bodies’ natural testosterone production as they come off a steroid cycle. Ramirez, suspended a second time, is serving 50 games of a 100-game suspension at the start of the 2012 season.

17. Atlanta Braves’ prospect Jordan Schafer was suspended 50 games in 2008 after a Major League Baseball investigation into HGH use implicated him. Schafer accepted his punishment.
But he told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution he “didn’t take anything” and that he was guilty of being around the wrong crowd.
“If you hang around dogs long enough, you’re going to catch fleas,” he said.

18. American track star Justin Gatlin said he didn’t know how high levels of testosterone got into his system at a 2006 track meet in Kansas. His coach, Trevor Graham, blamed a vengeful massage therapist for rubbing a cream containing the steroid into Gatlin’s legs without his knowledge.

Read the full text here: Mental Floss

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Saturday, March 24, 2012


Another short easy week. After my race on Sunday I felt good and confident in increasing my mileage but eventually my ITB got tight and I had to back off.

Easy short run with a few strides.

Race 12K.

Easy run on Overhill trail. I mixed some flat parts with a couple rolling hills loops. My legs felt good. Total run time: 1 hour, 8 minutes, and 30 seconds.

I ran a little faster than I should. It was the usual bike path course, plus a short section ending by the laundry mat. Total run Time: 59 minutes and 12 seconds, or approx. 8.3 miles.

From home to the bike path. I ran the usual 6.1 miles course and headed back home. Total run time: 1 hour, 3 minutes and 39 seconds.

Back the Oakwood Valley trail. I ran the OWV loop six times.(9:52; 9:27; 9:19; 9:22; 9:22; 9:01) My legs felt a little tired. Total run time: 56 minutes and 26 seconds.

Day Off. Short bike ride and upper body weights.

Monday, March 19, 2012


After all the rain that we had in the last few days I was expecting another rainy day. But the weather wasn't so bad. It was windy and cold, but no signs of rain.

By 8AM I started my warm up. Hard to get started with such cold weather. My hands were freezing. Eventually I got rid of all the my extra clothes. I did a quick jog before the start, staying away from the hills or the first mile of course. No need to pump up my legs right before the race.

We started by 8:30AM our 12K or 7.45 miles race. The first mile was down hill. I tried to stay relaxed and not go too fast. The wind was blowing hard in some parts of the course. After the downhill, the course became flat for approximately half mile. Then there was a nice climb up  to the bridge where I started to pass a few struggling runners. My legs felt good going uphill.

After the long climb there was a long flat section across the bridge. I was running by myself with a small group of runners ahead. The wind was blowing hard on the bridge. I tried to stay focus on the race and kept moving with a relaxed pace. So far no runners had passed me. I was able to pass a runner  that seemed to have started a little too fast.

As we left the bridge, the long down hill section started. It was not very steep. But I was concerned about going too fast downhill and killing my quads. So I took easy on this section. When I was almost by the bottom of this section I heard a runner coming down right behind me. He passed me and I just tried to keep a distance from him.

The flat section started with the wind blasting at our faces. Well, we were running along the bay. I heard the waves splashing against the rock walls. This was a difficult section because we had to go left to a certain point and then turn around facing the opposite direction until the finish line. I was a few feet from the runner that passed me on the downhill. Eventually I caught him. He could not answer and I took off on my own again. I passed mile five in 29:15.

By mile six I was running by myself feeling strong and confident. Another runner was dropped from the group ahead. I passed him and kept my eyes at group of three runners ahead. I hit mile six in 34:58.

I was feeling quite good and able to reduce the distance to the runners ahead. One of the runners was dropped and I did not have any problems to pass him. Now I was closing the gap to the other two runners. I passed mile 7 in 40:41. The last two miles I ran even splits of 5:42 per mile.

Four hundred meters before the finish line there is a little hill of approximately two hundred meters. I was able to catch the two runners ahead, right at bottom of the hill. We started to climb the little hill together. Then I saw a chance to drop them.The wind was blowing really hard going up this hill. I just put on a hard effort uphill and sprinted the downhill and flat section . I passed the finish line in 43:21, good for 46th place. My best result in this course. I ended up fifth in my age division. Overall it was a good day. I think I could break the 43 minutes if I had pushed a little harder.

Saturday, March 17, 2012



Off. Long working day.

Off. Heavy rain with lots wind.

Easy run under heavy rain. We should be getting a very wet week with winds up to 40 mph. This morning I ran from home to the bike path and back, adding a loop around the soccer fields. After two days off I felt heavy and sluggish. Hope to feel better by the end of the week.

The usual bike path out and back route. I got a break from the rain. For the last three days we are getting lots rain and wind. Total run time: 31 minutes and 52 seconds.

I ran from home to bike path and back. The rain was non stop. It was my best run this week. My legs were feeling rested and light. Total run time: approx. 40 minutes.

Another short easy run from home to the bike path and back. I did a few strides to loose my legs. No rain. There is a possibility that tomorrow might rain early morning. Well, let's wait and see. Total run time: approx. 30 minutes.

Race day.

You Better Run

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Friday, March 9, 2012


Good run on the bike path. I ran the usual 6.1 miles route on the bike path with 2.25 miles at 4:30 pace. My legs felt OK. Plantar fasciitis is showing up again. Total run time: 39 minutes and 33 seconds.

I ran from home to the bike path and back. I added a couple loops around the soccer fields. My legs felt better. Total run time: 1 hour 15 minutes and 18 seconds, or approx. 11 miles.

Easy run on the bike path. The usual 6.1 miles route plus one loop around the soccer fields. Somehow I am feeling better. I tried to keep an easy pace. Total run time: 49 minutes.

Day off.

Back to the Bahia area. I ran a little tempo run, out and back. It was around 5 miles long rolling hills. First half was in 14:19, second half in 14:02. Total run time: 28 minutes and 22 seconds.

I ran the bike path toure twice from half way to the bike shop and back. Then I ran the usual loop around the soccer fields and headed back home. Total run time: 1 hour, 6 minutes and 9 seconds, or over 9 miles.

This afternoon I did my speed session that consisten of 5 x 800 in 2:40 with 90 secs R. I measured the course using Google Earth being more like .52 miles, instead of 800 meters. The speed session went like this: 2:51(oops!); 2:44; 2:43; 2:43; 2:44. The weather was perfect but a little windy.

Saturday, March 3, 2012


Saturday 2/25/12
I have been feeling very tired during the entire week. Two days off were not enough to recover my dead legs. I decided to back off on my long run. My run was easy and short but I added a long climb on El Camino rd. plus the bike path out and back course. Total run time: 1 hour, 18 minutes and 24 seconds.

This morning I rode my bike down to the local track. I was planning to do a four to six miles tempo run if I had recovered. But it was cold with a big frost. The cold air caused me some heavy nasal congestion. I ran two miles at 5:45 pace and just ran another four miles at an easy pace, for a total of over six miles.

Somehow I felt better this afternoon. I ran from home to the bike path and ran twice from the half way to the bike shop and back. I did 5 x 200m with easy jog in 200m in between the reps. My legs are finally recovering. But plantar fasciitis is back due to the hills, running too much on the pavement and lifting weights. Well, I will have to get it under control. Total run time: 1 hour, 10 minutes and 23 seconds, or over 9.5 miles. Short bike ride.

I did another easy run. I ran half way on the bike path to the bike shop and back,d then I headed to the Oakwood Valley trail loop, ran it once and up to the Ten parking lot, turned around and finished by the laundry mat. Total run time: one hour.

I started by running twice the Oakwood Valley trail loop as a warm up. Then I ran 12 x 45 seconds hill, jogging downhill part in between each rep. My legs felt good. I finished by running the OWV trail loop again.  Short bike ride. Total run time: approx. 48 minutes.

Day off.

Easy run on the bike path. The usual 6.1 miles route. I was planning to do another speed session but my legs were feeling tired.  Total run time: 43 minutes.