Cheerful Dave

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Talkback: From Russia with love: Is ‘sorry’ enough to lift the Rio ban?

Posted: 26/05/2016 at 12:43

There may well be clean athletes in Russia training outside of the state-sponsored program.  Problem is, the anti-doping system in Russia is also non-compliant with the WADA code, so there's no way of having any clue as to which ones are the clean ones. 

While we're at it, I'd chuck out all competitors in all sports from countries with non-compliant testing.  If that means a generation who miss out on the Olympics, then so be it, if that what it takes to start having some confidence in clean competition again.  When will the next Olympics be when there isn't this wholesale re-distribution of medals years after the event?

Yes, I know that compliant testing is no guarantee, but it's a start.

My name is ???????? and i am gonna seriously get my sh!t in one sock - Part 2

Posted: 26/05/2016 at 12:33

I was going to sort out my training last week by going out and buying some new running shoes.  But when I got there, it turned out I couldn't after all.

I was going to post something meaningful but after reading Will and Phil ("two broken legs so I'll stick to cycling") I've realised my problems really aren't that big a deal in the scheme of things.

Taking kids to a ParkRun

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 09:48

Shona, from my experience it's not the running per se that causes problems, but combined with phases of rapid growth there can be joint issues, particularly ankles and knees (the obvious ones I guess).  Put simply, the grow so quickly that tendons don't keep up, causing pain when running.  That was the problem my boy had anyway - no problems running parkrun regularly when he was younger, but when he was 11 he started to get knee pains.  Stretching helped, but the long-term solution was to lay off running while his growth was quickest.  He's fine now, he's 13 and taller than I am so hopefully no more growth spurts!

Caveat - the parkrun he does is off-road, so a bit easier with impacts than one on tarmac.  I'm not sure if that made it easier when he was younger - most of the youngsters seem to have a better running style with less heel strike than many of the adults!

How many spare inner tubes on an Ironman?

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 06:12

Having someone pass you spares would technically be outside assistance, but chances of getting a penalty are miniscule, especially if it's at a feed station.

I generally carry two, but I also have a tiny pack of self-adhesive patches, for reassurance that in the worst case I can still get round. 

Mizuno shoes

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 08:43

Dachs, I use wave sayonaras as my everyday light training shoe.  I have some wave hitogamis as race shoes.  I couldn't really say how they compare to other brands but they fit me pretty well and I find them fast and comfy enough.

The wave universe is their ultralight racer, but I haven't tried those.


Posted: 18/05/2016 at 08:50

It's 'random thoughts', not 'wild fantasies', seren.

I NEED HELP! Beginner needs to win race!

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 08:47

FInd out who else is doing the race.  Chances are, one of them will be a decent runner.  Find out who that is, then maybe you can train with him - if you can run lunchtimes that would be a good opportunity.  Training with someone a bit quicker than you is a sure fire way to improve.

Then you can offer to split the winnings with him if he'll let you beat him on the day.

Suspicious result

Posted: 17/05/2016 at 13:10

Hmm, I think that tells you exactly why he wasn't DQ'd!

A t-shirt and a free entry in 2017?

Posted: 17/05/2016 at 13:02
Dustin wrote (see)

Did they only count the multiple marathoners once? As in, is she the 1 millionth different finisher...

No, she isn't.  One person can be two, three or more finishers.  Personally I'm #13inamillion.

Suspicious result

Posted: 17/05/2016 at 08:39

Under those circumstances, I'm not sure what they could do.  They can't announce publicly that person X has learning difficulties, nor can they say that "yes, we know person Y cut the course but we decided to take no action" without raising a lot more questions.  So maybe someone in the publicity office just decided to say that they have enough evidence, not realising that it doesn't stack up really.

If they've looked at it, then unless someone comes up with evidence that this person works for one of their major sponsors, then I'd leave it at that.

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