Posted: 21/08/2012 at 16:45
Perusing back i can see the pace of this thread hasnt at all diminished Have to say there does seem to be abit of thread tribalism() in the response to SG(clearly provoked talking about dash's intervals), all races have caveats at the end of them and any race report should inevitably include them....on the days when we smash massive pb's we like to emphasise our own agency, but they tend to come on days where the weather, the course, how we feel, the race around us etc have worked out nicely. PO10 certainly doesnt take these contexts into account, and neither does RB which in the opinions of most top runners i know has a ridiculous handicap system. I remember back in January a absurdly out of sync course rating for helsby half, a race i'll point out i pb'd in. 2 months later RB emailed me apologising and saying they'd adjusted the rating, but at the time everybody was pointing out the pb's run in the race etc.....clearly SG doesnt race often, and i think its pedantic to nail him on those recent times on course's which are obviously not pb material. If somebody races regularly over a season their level will be apparent from po10, but that doesnt apply to everyone. If someone offered me £100 to bet on a smackdown between PRF, YD and SG over 10km it would have to go on SG simply for the times on the board...no bias there whatsoever as i have no preference on the individuals, it just seems silly to argue people are at the same level when they patently are not. I think obviously with this thread populated by alot of northerners who are friends in reality, its not going to be entirely objective when it comes to such things.
Just wanted to say also Philpubs posts are always 10/10....you should write a book on running because i've rarely seen a post of yours which isnt constructive or insightful on training.