I am sure most of the people in this forum realize just how difficult it is to maintain "any" sort of pace consistently through-out a marathon regardless if the course is flat, mostly uphill, or downhill.
In the recent Boston Marathon the winner's time was the fastest ever recorded in history for a sanctioned 26.2 mile marathon.
However because of a technicality the amazing Kenyan who won the race was not given credit for a world record......I'm just wondering what your thoughts are on this......http://tinyurl.com/3o36opl
In staying with triathlon, somebody should email Chrissie W. and tell her that her time of 8:33:56 does not count as the world record.
I think she had a tail-wind, or there was a downhill, or or or...... Or it wasn't in Kona.
Chrissie, I don't care what course you did that incredible race on, it is a world record. It's the fastest time ever by a woman in any Ironman in history.
I rest my case. It is no different for the marathon.
She beat the clock in a sanctioned Ironman.
There have been some remarkable women Ironmen like Paula Newby, and she did tons of Ironman races on many different courses and had every opportunity to be faster than Chrissie.
Different sport and governing body, a different set of rules.
So why didn't Paula beat Chrissie's times? She had every opportunity, right?