I believe only 1 other runner in history has run faster than Woody’s 12:51.61 AFTER turning 30. I welcome corrections if necessary.
30 year old Thomas Longosiwa ran 12:49.04 in that epic 5000m in Paris in 2012 which he placed 5th. Again whatever is going on, Woody has come from relative obscurity to doing something which is absolutely astounding.
How long would the OP have lasted in that race at 31 seconds per lap? How many laps before he hit VO2 max? 2 laps? 3? 4? He woulda been using more oxygen and glycogen at that pace than Klecker or Kinkaid.
Running economy/fuel economy.
Woody woulda been just below VO2 max until near the end of the race. But the general perception is that elites use more energy to run faster, so we get all these doping accusations and suspicions from people who don't understand running economy. You do this too Alan. Get it together man.