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sub 2 hour marathon...a giant leap for mankind:
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAxYQJewtbU

Kipchoge did it! Thought to be impossible.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A73HQwEct-o
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#2
Dang.

Best I ever did was five hours and twenty minutes. I was happy enough to finish.
"Who's with me?." - stanky
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(10-12-2019, 03:35 PM)stanky Wrote:  Kipchoge did it! Thought to be impossible.

Given how much effort was expended to protect him and allow him to slipstream, I can't get too excited by it.

He made a lot of money, though.
Love is... that one person whose freshly-warm toilet seat you don't find disgusting.
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#4
Talk about over the top reaction - Headline reads: 'Like first man on moon': Kipchoge smashes two-hour marathon barrier

https://www.smh.com.au/sport/athletics/kipchoge-smashes-magical-two-hour-marathon-barrier-20191012-p5303v.html
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#5
I admire it on a gut level. I ran competitively in school. Cross Country was my first sport.
The other ramifications didn't come to me.
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#6
As a record of merit, it's impressive.

But "Like first man on the moon" it ain't.
You can lead 'em to knowledge, but you can't make 'em think.
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Even though it wasn't official, due to the perfect rack and the wind breaking rabbits, and the perfect shoes...the fact remains:

This human ran a 4:36 mile; twenty six times in a row.

For any runner, this is an incredible Achievement.

Despite the cheating.

This represents a pinnacle of athletic skills.
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#8
Yeah I find that stuff pretty underwhelming, but credit where it's due.

He'll be most likely to catch that bus we've all had to run for on occasion. Can't think of much else that talent is good for now that we don't have run down dinner quality antelope, or outrun lions.
But damn! well done.
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#9
Generous sentiment, Di.

True, efforts of this nature are fairly abstract these days...but compared to what?

Oddly enough, these day, being an extreme athlete is inadvertently a means to making a decent living.
For most of them, like a Simone Biles or a Michael Phelps, that path can leave you set for life by your mid-twenties.

I didn't have the stones for it, but i sure as hell get it.

David Hoffman has a series of interviews with musicians and other weirdos; available on youtube, that i find rather charming.

Here's a good example:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5zHW_jstfg
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#10
"....but compared to what?"

My point exactly. There is no comparison, and to write that it matches the effort going to the moon, well, I'd have to call bullshit on that one.
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