Some of this reaction is rather odd and hard to understand. Delighting in someone's pain seems just small and twisted — of course I have also seen those who apparently celebrate Ritzenhein's meltdown. Based on circumstantial evidence it seemed somewhat likely to happen, but what I really liked seeing was the positive, like Peter Gilmore holding it together with professional composure while so many around him – including so many with more hype behind them and with more resources at their disposal – did not. I of course would prefer to see the underdog Gilmore beat the prima donnas while at their best; it is just nice to see him get some of his due, though. Anyway, Armstrong asked for whatever he got, which on the surface is neither good nor bad, it simply is what it is. If he undertrained then his approach was too arrogant, though it did make quite obvious that there is much more to distance running than just a strong cardio-vascular system (and seemingly ideal genetics), doped up or not. Whatever, he is only the second-best cyclist in history, his marathon performances are about as relevant as Michael Jordan's batting average, except that Jordan was actually intent on being competitive in baseball. The public perception of this could go in two directions, one being that it might put better into perspective what a 2:50, a 2:40, a 2:30, a 2:20, a 2:10, etc. marathon really takes; the other (unfortunately) being that a whole lot of simplistic types will point to it as proof that for a healthy, fit, adult male sub-3 truly is a herculean task, because just look at what it took out of one of the allegedly greatest aerobic biological specimens in modern times who had nothing much else to do with his time besides train — nevermind that he essentially cross-trained his way to it. If he had even followed one of those Hansons novice plans, with an appropriate base mileage behind it, he should have been fine — perhaps not any faster, but certainly not in such a bad way by the finish. Simply put, Armstrong just does not belong in the marathon, he was never a part of the race, nor does his circus. Putting a mobile camera in the middle of a horde of runners to follow just one really ordinary runner was a bonehead move, Nike should have ponied-up for other minions to run along with handhelds to capture his every gasp and yellow apparel accent. Gotta love the tool decked out in a yellow USPS bike jersey seen near Armstrong in various photographs.