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  • in reply to: Final debate: still horrible on the facts but a bit better #16422

    Did you see the camera shot of Ms. Heinz-Kerry? She did not look too happy.

    she always has that look.

    BTW, did anyone see that thing in Bush’s back during the first debate? It looked like some type of splint under his jacket that ran from his ass up to his shoulder blades. It didn’t seem to help his performance.

  • in reply to: Is this a REALLY dumb idea? #16401

    Anyway, I was both teasing and curious about the weather where you are at.

    When we get a foot of snow we still have school for our children – unless it comes just prior to the school bus runs. Then we have a 2 hour delay.

    Part of the problem with traffic in Northern VA is that the great number of cars makes it difficult to operate school buses on time even in good weather. When it snows, many people start to drive worse than they usually do and that makes it even harder to maintain the bus schedules. Therefore, if there is a foot of snow around here, school systems close more out of a desire not to exacerbate the commuting patterns than because the buses are not capable of driving in snow.

  • in reply to: Women May Run Faster Than Men in 2156 Games #16213

    Until you see the money and worldwide recognition for ultras that you see for the marathon and T&F, this isn’t going to change.

    Right, and I don’t think I’ve said the opposite of this.

    Unless that changes, the top ultra runners will always be those who would be/were also-rans in marathons and will not be the same caliber of runners as those who win or place at Chicago, London, Boston, NYCM

    I don’t know what you mean by “also-rans.” Let me be clear about what I’m trying to say: the best current ultrarunners are not capable of beating the best current marathoners in conventional marathons, but if the best current marathoners move into ultras they are not going to blow away the best current ultrarunners the way they would in a conventional marathon on a paved, flat surface. I’m not sure how fast you think the current best ultrarunners are, but here are a few statistics. In the past 2 years, two guys who have won ultra marathons on the east coast have also run the following times in the following distances within one year of having won their respective races:

    10 miles in 54:50, which equates to a marathon in 2:32:12

    5 miles in 26:19, which equates to a marathon in 2:32:18

    10K in 33:02, which equates to a marathon in 2:31:48

    If those marathon times are the times of “also-rans” in your view, then so be it.

  • in reply to: Good post-debate reading #16303

    factcheck.com contains information from a multi-billionaire (yes, b as in baker) named George Soros who made most of his money through currency speculation. I don’t know what his problem is with the Bush administration (apart from the fact that it is incompetent), but he’s hardly liberal.

  • in reply to: Women May Run Faster Than Men in 2156 Games #16211

    My comment was chiefly regarding the level of competition and talent, both historically and currently.

    runnerdude wrote:

    the level of competition in ultra running isn’t quite what it is for middle distances & marathons

    It is actually nowhere even close to it.

    I don’t see how anyone can interpret your comment as referring to a historic level of competition in ultrarunning when it is in the present tense. If it was intended to describe that level 20 or 30 years ago I might agree, but if you truly think your comment accurately describes the current level of competition or of competitors in ultra marathons, your knowledge of such runners is imperfect.

  • in reply to: Women May Run Faster Than Men in 2156 Games #16209

    reality bears it out

    no, your ignorance of ultra running and ultra runners is what is apparent here. Most ultra marathons occur on courses that are infinitely different from those on which road marathons and even high school & college cross country races are held. The elevation changes, lack of illumination (running under tree canopy at night) and difficult terrain make comparison with road performances tenuous at best. Proper analysis of ultra runners’ performances requires taking these conditions into account and when you do, it is not impossible to equate a 16-hour run of the Western States 100 with a 2:20 or even a 2:15 performance at a venue such as Chicago or Berlin.

  • in reply to: Women May Run Faster Than Men in 2156 Games #16204

    BTW: Western States is a 100 miler. 100 miles in 16 hours is 9:36/mile, not just over 6:00/mile

    my mistake, thanks for pointing it out.

    While your arguments are forceful, I remain unconvinced. Radcliffe and Tergat’s PRs were achieved under ideal conditions and just don’t see them getting in and out of the canyons at western states as well as Jurek & Trason or up Crown King as well as Andrish without a couple of years of training on such terrain in the conditions that the top ultra runners compete in. Call it a form of “home field advantage.”

  • in reply to: Women May Run Faster Than Men in 2156 Games #16203

    Easy there, tiger.

    Don’t try to tell me what to do.

    Yours was an understatement

    In your warped opinion.

  • in reply to: Biker mauls Olympic trials qualifier! #16073

    here’s a statement from an eyewitness

    wasn’t that eyewitness another biker? How do you not know that his “account” makes it seem like an accident out of solidarity with his fellow rider?

  • in reply to: Biker mauls Olympic trials qualifier! #16173

    here’s a statement from an eyewitness

    wasn’t that eyewitness another biker? How do you not know that his “account” makes it seem like an accident out of solidarity with his fellow rider?

  • in reply to: Women May Run Faster Than Men in 2156 Games #16200

    For someone like Paul Tergat or Paula Radcliffe to do well in ultra running will also require more than simply signing up for such races but one would expect them to take ultra running to a different level.

    certainly, but I think it will take an adjustment period before runners like them can do so. What I’m trying to point out, is that the currently best ultra runners are not simply joggers who would be blown away if they were to enter races like the Carlsbad 5000 or the Chicago marathon. They have decent speed, but also a tactical advantage in ultra events. If you look at Jurek’s performance at western states, I believe his best time is a little over 16 hours which averages out to slightly over 6 minutes/mile. While this pace is much slower than the 4:45 minutes/mile or less that runners like Tergat & Kannouchi can run on courses like Chicago or Berlin, I think it’s much harder to run a 6 minute mile over the type of terrain that you find at western states and most ultras than it is to run a 4:45 mile on the streets of Chicago.

  • in reply to: Race refunds/ credits #16287

    Is it typical for a marathon to not provide a refund or a credit for a runner whom becomes injured and is unable to run in the marathon?

    yes it is typical. The people who signed up for the DC marathon in 2000 are still waiting. Some races may give a credit, but it is solely at their discretion.

    can any one tell me the typical rate of runners that do not run on race day – is it enough to cause a race to lose money and fold?

    no show rates are typically 20-30%.

  • in reply to: Debate #1 #16241

    Most of our “relationships” with other nations have all been one sided.

    This is absolutely true – the world has been fored to give us a free lunch because we have imposed the $ as the world’s vehicle and reserve currency. This means that all 191 of the world’s other countries have to adjust their monetary policies in response to our’s even when doing so can have an adverse effect on their economies. For example, when we issued lots of debt & ran up huge deficits in the 1980s, Brazil had to raise its interests in order to maintain investor interest in their national bonds – this exacerbated their own debt and the burden of servicing it.

  • in reply to: VP Debate — Does it matter? #16283

    I doubt that it will affect my vote, but I am going to watch it just on the chance that I’ll get to see Dick Cheney ridiculed by a skilled trial attorney.

  • in reply to: Women May Run Faster Than Men in 2156 Games #16197

    thank you for the sarcasm

    don’t mention it.

    thank you for the misapprehension

    I didn’t misunderstand anything. Your post was subjective and idiotic and I called you out on it.

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