Introducing Nike Breaking2; an initiative to deliver the first two-hour marathon barrier. To make it happen, Nike have assembled a group of experts including engineers and designers; biomechanists and nutritionists; physiologists and materials developers- all working together to help Eliud Kipchoge, Lelisa Desisa and Zersenay Tadese get the most out of their every stride.
The team established a series of touch points for the coming months, from in-person meetings to regular phone/skype sessions. Attending respective athlete training camps in Kenya, Ethiopia and Spain- allows for assessment opportunity to optimise the routines for all three runners. There, the team considers areas such as hydration, nutrition, training load and taper times. Additionally, away from the athletes, members of the group work on macro details of the race environment ate maximise performance. Can it be done? We’ll have to wait, watch and see.