I also thought to myself, "What do Yuki and Des both have in common besides being extremely tough? They both seemed "bigger" than your normal marathoners. I'd love to know what their body fat percentages are."
A higher body fat percentage helps you in cold weather. In one of our post-race articles, we proposed the fact that women have a higher body fat percentage than men as a possible reason why a lower % of women dropped out of Boston than men.
Well tonight, as I was looking for links for the homepage, I came across an Olympic Channel feature on Des Linden. One of the first things they did was a dexa-scan of her body to check her body fat percentage. As they were doing it, I was thinking, "Here we go" but I almost fell out of my chair though when they revealed the results.
They found her body fat percentage to be 19.6% - way higher than the normal 12% they find in elite women.
Given that result, it's clear that Des would relatively do much better in cold weather than most elite women. I'd love to see a similar scan done on Yuki.
The scan comes at the 1:05 mark below.