There is really no forum where this can be posted, so I figured I'd post it here.
As I was reading supertraining, Mel Siff mentioned something that really struck me. He mentioned that "strength training, even in the beginning stages of training contributes more to the largest improvements in distance sports than aerobic training".
Unfortunately, he leaves it hanging. He doesn't explain why this happens, and more importantly, how to take advantage of it. So I decided to post it on here for the smart folks here on T-Nation to offer up their opinions.
Just some thinking out loud on my part: I can understand strength training increasing local muscular endurance, but only as long as the load being lifted is greater than 30% of a person's 1RM. "Distance sports", as Mel Siff calls them are well below 30% of 1RM. How does strength training improve that? Can anyone offer any insight? By the way, if you're one of the T-Nation contributors, don't be shy. Feel free to chime in here.