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runner39
RE: Simon Bairu sub-2:11 in Houston? 1/15/2012 9:20AM - in reply to livelikeaballer Reply | Return to Index | Report Post

livelikeaballer wrote:

He's on 2:17:22 pace at 40k. Looks like he ran headlong into a wall.


ya but he's a marathoner or so his coach thinks so, the guys runs 27:23 on his only try at 10km and his coach believes he is a marathoner, go figure!!!
vegan canuck
RE: Simon Bairu sub-2:11 in Houston? 1/15/2012 9:23AM - in reply to runner39 Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
He's jogging it in, gave up.
runner39
RE: Simon Bairu sub-2:11 in Houston? 1/15/2012 9:25AM - in reply to vegan canuck Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
2:19:52

back to 10km hopefully and XC
Er...
RE: Simon Bairu sub-2:11 in Houston? 1/15/2012 9:26AM - in reply to Hiroshima Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
2:19:52

Did he jog it in, or hit the wall hard?
runner39
RE: Simon Bairu sub-2:11 in Houston? 1/15/2012 9:28AM - in reply to Er... Reply | Return to Index | Report Post

Er... wrote:

2:19:52

Did he jog it in, or hit the wall hard?


no the guy is not a marathoner, simple as that
vegan canuck
RE: Simon Bairu sub-2:11 in Houston? 1/15/2012 9:40AM - in reply to runner39 Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Both, it appears. His pace started to fade after 25k and looks like he just shut it down at 35.
27:23 10km then what?
RE: Simon Bairu sub-2:11 in Houston? 1/15/2012 9:47AM - in reply to vegan canuck Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Awful!
livelikeaballer
RE: Simon Bairu sub-2:11 in Houston? 1/15/2012 9:47AM - in reply to vegan canuck Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Dylan Wykes ran 62:39 just now in Arizona, completely solo. Looking good for his upcoming marathon.
wejo
co-founder
RE: Simon Bairu sub-2:11 in Houston? 1/15/2012 10:29AM - in reply to vegan canuck Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
I just talked to Simon.

I don't think I've ever seen a guy that emotional after a race. He was very disappointed. I thought he was having a breathing issue at first and this was well after the race in a press room, but it was just him being emotional.

Simon asked that we not record the interview he was so emotional so we honored the request.

He did not shut it down. He was determined to finish. He remains committed to the marathon but will focus on the track now for the Olympics.

He said he never contemplated not qualifying but he thought running the last 10 miles by himself was too much.

His main pacer Tim Nelson dropped out early but Andrew Bumbalough ended up going 16 miles despite being told not to run more than 10. Simon was very appreciate of his teammates.

In his head he totally believes he's a marathoner and I think he was just shocked it went so badly.
Gdfsgs
RE: Simon Bairu sub-2:11 in Houston? 1/15/2012 10:42AM - in reply to wejo Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
It looks like he is even less of a marathoner than Ritz. I guess that he should give it a second try in the fall or next winter if he feels like it and then just pack it in (as the odds of him going from 2:20 to sub 2:10 are 1/1000) and just concentrate on the track.
Sprintgeezer
RE: Simon Bairu sub-2:11 in Houston? 1/15/2012 10:43AM - in reply to wejo Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Regardless of whether or not he shut it down, he STARTED the race, he tried, and he FINISHED the race.

That, as well as his disappointment, is honorable.

That all took courage, and evidences a respect for not only his teammates in the race, but for his competitors and the sport in general.

Yet another guy who didn't win, but who is still a better athlete than Solinskrap.
egomaniac
RE: Simon Bairu sub-2:11 in Houston? 1/15/2012 10:46AM - in reply to Sprintgeezer Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Guess what goes around comes around. Maybe you shouldn't have focused on your old teammate at UW, Simon and put that energy into running more miles. I don't feel bad for him, he head had ballooned after he beat hall and now hopefully he comes back to earth
Truth Sayer
RE: Simon Bairu sub-2:11 in Houston? 1/16/2012 8:34AM - in reply to egomaniac Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
This is a good reason why I think they should combine the Mexican, Canadian and US trials together.Top 3 from each country should then get selected (assuming they have A/B standards).

We had 45 guys under Simon's Houston time at the trials, obviously there is far more depth in US marathoning than there is in Canadian (or even Mexican) Marathoning. So...why not reach a helping hand out to our neighbors and let them compete with us? I am ceratin Simon would have finished far better if he had run in the US olympic trials marathon.

That's my view anyway.
send her home
RE: Simon Bairu sub-2:11 in Houston? 1/16/2012 8:40AM - in reply to Truth Sayer Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
yeah! great idea...maybe the ethiopians can invite the kenyans to their training camp since they're just next door next door...you know, out of good will and all...
Industree
RE: Simon Bairu sub-2:11 in Houston? 1/16/2012 9:18AM - in reply to send her home Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Bairu depletes over a 10,000m track race (watch his PR race)... Marathon is not his future. It needs to come as natural and as easy as you see in Ryan Hall.
Common sense really
RE: Simon Bairu sub-2:11 in Houston? 1/16/2012 12:27PM - in reply to Sprintgeezer Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Solinsky had to have surgery on his hamstring...
Good Teammate
RE: Simon Bairu sub-2:11 in Houston? 1/16/2012 1:15PM - in reply to wejo Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Pretty standup move by Bumbalough to keep going another 6 miles for Bairu. Maybe he's in for another great season after last year's breakthrough. Definitely had the best season relative to expectations of any of those guys. Hope 2012 is a bounce-back year for Jager, Teg, and Solinsky.
Nagasaki
RE: Simon Bairu sub-2:11 in Houston? 1/17/2012 11:22AM - in reply to Hiroshima Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Agree. Bairu bombed hard!
chauncey
RE: Simon Bairu sub-2:11 in Houston? 1/17/2012 11:51AM - in reply to Sprintgeezer Reply | Return to Index | Report Post

Sprintgeezer wrote:


Yet another guy who didn't win, but who is still a better athlete than Solinskrap.


Your obsession with Solinsky is beyond bizarre. Get a hold of yourself.
Canada Coach
RE: Simon Bairu sub-2:11 in Houston? 1/17/2012 1:23PM - in reply to chauncey Reply | Return to Index | Report Post
Canadians have other marathoners - Coolsaet, Wykes and Gillis. Gillis and Coolsaet have qualified. Coolsaet looks like he's ready for a sub 210 after going sub 211 in Toronto in less than favorable conditions. Wykes is trying to qualify later this year after a 212 in Toronto.
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