casual obsever wrote:
False dichotomy, obviously.
a) it could be 1% for the 400, 3% for the 5000, and 2% for the marathon, for example.
b) whatever the percentage is, it is in comparison to the clean runner. But we know that blood transfusions and roids were commonly used since either the 60s or the 70s, depending on the source. Compared to that era, there have been huge improvements across the board, well above 2%.
Finally, we are about to enter, or have already entered, the 4th decade of Epo. It's trial and error for the athletes and their teams, as is with training or nutrition. A method that doesn't work would hardly have survived that long especially considering the consequences. World record holders, Olympic champs, world champs, marathon major winners, millionaires, i.e. people with a lot of knowledge and experience and resources continue to use it - let's not ignore these facts.
I wonder what rekrunner & Aragon's agenda is? Paid trolls? Canova is easy to figure out because he's built a legacy on coaching Kenyans, therefore, he would feel the need to defend them and minimize the effect of EPO/blood doping (i.e., don't bite the hand that feeds you). But rekrunner and Aragon have some kind of other motive (unless rekrunner is an elite running coach?). The one thing I don't like about rekrunner is at times he gets very aggressive and contemptuous with people who disagree with him on this issue. Instead of saying that he has his opinion and others have their opinion, and we'll agree to disagree, he seems hell bent on forcing his opinion while suppressing the opinions of others.