Posted: 10/11/2015 at 17:27
It doesn't affect me, in the sense that I'm a keen club athlete but well short of national/international standard. I did once run at the Inter-Counties Cross-Country, but that's because a large number of other runners were ill/injured.
Does it bother me in the sense that I follow athletics more generally, both on TV and by going to watch things like the Diamond League (and the Olympics in 2012)? Yes. I want to know that the best athlete won, i.e. the person who took whatever level of natural talent they had and then trained hard & smart to get the most out of that talent. I'm not interested in knowing who is friends with the smartest chemist or who took the greatest risks with their health.
For me as an athlete, what makes a personal best sweet is all the memories of the sessions when I was knackered and/or not in the mood to train but went and trained anyway, and then finally that hard work pays off. I can't imagine that thinking of all those short cuts you took has quite the same reward, and that's what plays on my mind when I watch dopers racing.