0

We Lost Another Biohacker – Roger Bannister – Sub Four-Minute Mile

In 1954 Sir Roger Bannister was the first man to officially break the four minute mile (3:59.4). His status as an amateur athlete, unconventional training and homemade equipment make his feat even more remarkable. Sadly, at the age of 88 Roger has passed away (March 3rd, 2018). In his later years he had Parkinson’s disease and had not been able to run since 1975 due to a car accident which shattered his ankle. Sir Roger Bannister is emblematic of the type of biohacker we can all be.

Sir Roger Bannister was my favorite neurologist. His research was focused on the autonomic nervous system and it’s effect on involuntary functions such as heart rate and breathing.  He wrote over 80 papers on this topic. In his time (1950’s) concepts like testing for maximum oxygen consumption were just becoming standardized. Roger built his own treadmill and oxygen monitoring equipment to test himself and several members of the first successful Mt. Everest team. Oddly enough Bannister reported back that he didn’t understand how such an average man as Edmund Hillary could have successfully climbed Everest.

With most of Sir Bannister’s time being focused on medical research he was not able to commit to the standard middle distance runner training protocol. He instead trained with two friends during their lunch break several times a week. They would run hard for two minutes and recover for two minutes and repeat this 10x. Today this would be called HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training). As it became clear that Roger was becoming a very competitive athlete he did start bumping up his training with fell running (hills) and periodization (more recovery days). When Roger broke the four minute mile he had worked all day and stopped running five days earlier.

 


Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, or even use Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for MakeCode, CircuitPython, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.

Join 8,500+ makers on Adafruit’s Discord channels and be part of the community! http://adafru.it/discord

CircuitPython – Python on Microcontrollers is here!

Have an amazing project to share? Join the SHOW-AND-TELL every Wednesday night at 7:30pm ET on Google+ Hangouts.

Join us every Wednesday night at 8pm ET for Ask an Engineer!

Follow Adafruit on Instagram for top secret new products, behinds the scenes and more https://www.instagram.com/adafruit/


Maker Business — Rethink Robotics closes shop. Long live collaborative robots #makerbusiness

Wearables — Cleaning is key

Electronics — Serial overkill

Biohacking — Biohacking Resources – Books, Talks and Podcasts

Python for Microcontrollers — CircuitPython @ Hackaday SuperCon #ICYMI @circuitpython @micropython @ThePSF #Python

Get the only spam-free daily newsletter about wearables, running a "maker business", electronic tips and more! Subscribe at AdafruitDaily.com !



No Comments

No comments yet.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.