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Subject: RE: 50-year-old Linda Somers-Smith finishes 8th (in the women's open race) at US Club Cross Country Champs
Dude, more women "run" races than men but they are just jogging them. The amount of guys that train competitively is SO much more than women. You really can't see the objective and subjective proof of that?
So you'd agree that making a theoretical, and inappropriately "linear", comparison between men and women, cross country vs. marathon, is ridiculous?
The Mercier calculator uses real data and ranks it so you can compare a normal population (men) to a non-normal population (women). So it's comparing 1st to 1st best, 20th to 20th best, 100 to 100th best, and so on. The Mercier calculator is updated every ~4-5 years, and guess what? The depth isn't changing, and the comparisons are still closely the same. "Theory" doesn't match what exists in the real-world. Obviously, it wouldn't be accurate to compare the steeplechase to the marathon (nor cross country to marathon!). Moreover, Master's women tend to perform better and maintain their fitness better than Master's men in the marathon.
This talk of "lack of depth" is garbage. More women ran road races last year than men (6.9 million of 13 million).
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