Peter Collins


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Ive been sucked in

Posted: 26/06/2015 at 12:16

And note that there are 'beginners' triathlons around (sorry, I have no idea how experienced you are in cycling and running so they might not be for you) that shouldn't be too testing and in which people turn up in all sorts of gear and with all sorts of bikes (I've marshalled on my own running club's beginners' tri, so I've seen all sorts of contraptions!). 

Panarama - Allan Wells - Drugs

Posted: 26/06/2015 at 12:14

I think all of this changes very little. Until or unless a Salazar athlete fails a drugs test (and I bet that will never happen), this will run and run and run until the day (which might never happen) that the anecdotal evidence become so overwhelming that it simply cannot be denied any longer - a la Armstrong. What should Mo do? I have no idea. I think the best course might be to leave Salazar with a carefully worded statement that exonerates the coach from any blame but pointing out that he needs to get out of the kitchen before the heat gets too much. A shame for him, but probably the best move in the long run. (Too many 'run' puns. Sorry)

Panarama - Allan Wells - Drugs

Posted: 22/06/2015 at 16:49

And to those who say we're all getting too cynical, you can thank people like Richard Virenque and Lance Armstrong who denied it all for years and years and years and  years until eventually they simply couldn't live the lie any more. Yes, I want to believe there are world-class athletes out there who don't dope, but even for the guys we like there will always be a small corner of doubt, especially when they start getting better.

Nipping into the bushes

Posted: 22/06/2015 at 16:44

Ha, running on an obscure part of Wimbledon Common one time, I heard a rustling in the bushes and, almost by instinct, looked over - there was a poor befuddled guy, another runner I think though I turned away quite quickly - curling one off. Our eyes met momentarily, but my speed increased to spare him the worst of it. I would imagine he got caught so short he didn't have time to conceal himself properly. Nothing to do with tris, but hey.

Pacing a one-mile race

Posted: 22/06/2015 at 16:40

I don't have much advice because I don't do it often, but my club does run two one-mile races every year, one on a local common, another on the track. Pacing is far easier on the latter run, as you can imagine. I think the point is everyone is different - some people need a steady pace on each race they do, some others can bomb it on the first bit and try to hang on, others grow into a race and, as you suggested, do a negative split. Perhaps you can experiment during your training? Or even just decide on a strategy for this first time (assuming it's your first). It really is a hard one to gauge because it's long enough to be irksome, but is actually over quite quickly. I must admit, the most recent one I did I bombed it and then died a little, but was still close to my PB.

Panarama - Allan Wells - Drugs

Posted: 22/06/2015 at 16:35

I don't want to traipse through 500-odd messages, so apologies if I'm repeating anything already said. One very interesting thing for me was the fact that the use of epo by the journalist hosting the documentary improved his performance to such an extent that he was too embarrassed to go out cycling with his mates he was getting that good. As for the general picture, what's depressing I think is that in recent years, barring one or two obvious cases (Gatlin for e.g.), the very big cases have not been uncovered by testing but by sheer wet of anecdotal evidence. This could be the case for Salazar at some point, but how long did it take on Lance Armstrong? This one could, forgive the pun, run and run and run and run...

Jihadi John

Posted: 27/02/2015 at 16:34

Even intelligent people can do barbarous things in the name of an ideology if they believe strongly enough in the long-term goodness of what they're doing. And a descent into barbarism doesn't take long in the right conditions - all sides in both world wars committed atrocities to some degree. On a slightly related note, the other day I watched a film called Compliance, based on a real story. Some of you will have heard of it: a prankster in the US calls a fast-food restaurant (in real life it was a McDonald's) pretending to be a policeman. He convinces the female manager that a young woman serving customers has stolen from one of them. She is persuaded to take the woman into a back room, make her strip and search her. The whole thing develops into pretty serious sexual assault. Read about the real-life case here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strip_search_phone_call_scam

Scratch beneath the surface....

Volunteering for London Marathon

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 13:19

I know someone who helps at the expo every year. Sometimes, apparently, returned numbers don't get incincerated and find their way on to the chests of people who aren't registered to run... they take a very very dim view of it, I hear, and will ban people for a long time. Not that you were planning to do this, of course - just an intersting side thingy.

Talkback: Runner crawls last 50 metres of Austin Marathon to finish third

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 13:00

I"m not at all surprised. I stood at mile 25 of the London Marathon one year and, though the elite all went through without stopping, I was surprised by how many very good runners - I would unscientifically quantify this as those running between 2:30 and 3hrs - would stop around there for a bit of a breather and a stretch: not all, by any means, but more than I'd imagined would do. I think the truth is that most people running a marathon are attempting to run to their limits, and sometimes they go a bit over them a bit early. Only a few collapse like this though!

Running an event for nothng (Question)

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 12:57

What an extraordinary descent to a fight in this thread. What have I missed?

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