Francis Shen wrote:
Regarding comments about the pervasiveness of cheating in Masters track, at least as far as I can tell on the sprints side, I'm guessing the percentages are relatively low
That’s a nice sentiment, but my observations are different. At the top, use is everywhere. I have seen it in even local meets where some joe-blow fireman or cop or other user shows up and lays down a decimating time—and that’s just in the US. From what I have seen in parts of Europe, they are essentially all on something, especially Italians, Germans, and Spanish.
And those guys compete. Many of the US ones don’t go to nats.
It’s lame—so lame that I haven’t competed in a while. Could I beat them? Yes, all but a handful. Do I want to be on the track with them? Hell no. It’s like hanging out with a bunch of crackheads. The worst are the never-was jock wannabees. At least I had the benefit of having been beaten by the world’s best, so I know my place and have a friendly competitiveness, not like those overly-compensatory nutjobs.
Sure it’s great to beat them, but just being around them makes me feel oily, dirty. I don’t need that shiite in my life, there are better things to do.
These days I am with HS football guys at summer camp. Much better. At least their testosterone is endogenous.