SDSU Aztec wrote:
No, he didn't. There were a lot of guys who came out for XC/Track that weighed around 150lbs that couldn't break 5:00. I ran 9:30 in HS, but took it about a year to run sub-5. There are decathletes that can't run that fast.
At my HS, distance running was considered a pus*y sport and there were guys who claimed they had run sub-5 and who thought they would beat me if they came out for XC. Before practice one day, I raced a mile against one of them and dropped him while running at about 5:10 pace. He didn't even finish.
So, some scrawny untrained no-talents at your school couldn't break 5:00, and you had to work for it, and you assume that one of the the most talent athletes on earth, in one of the most demanding sports, can't do it? You overestimate the relevance of your and your schoolmates' abilities.
I applaud you for working hard, but I am sure you know that your low talent level is not pertinent to a conversation about elite athletes. I could barely break 2 for 800 in HS, never ran for years after that, and now as a 40-something masters runner could break 5:00 any day of the week on 30mpw...and I'm not even in the conversation for medals at a good masters meet. And you think an elite athlete can't break 5??
"There are decathletes that can't run that fast" -- so?? What you need to understand is that most pro football and basketball players COULD be successful decathletes, and would if they were seriously exposed to the sport from childhood onward as a pathway to riches.