Bad Wigins wrote:
John Wesley Harding wrote:
The Vaporfly-deniers are a joke at this point.
This study is the joke. He looks at trends in a population and draws unsupported conclusions about individual runners and shoes.
The bigger joke is: where are the track performances in these shoes? Don't tell me the 10,000m is so different from marathon that someone couldn't bounce their way to 26 flat. This would have already happened if these top road racers really believed in the shoes.
Rather, records have been smashed on the track in plain old distance spikes in the past few years, and the most plausible explanation is the same as for the road events: higher participation rates and more thorough development of athletes. Modern elite marathon is in a boom not unlike women's steeple, with a "talent pool" bigger than ever and a growing international pro circuit for incentive.
The road boom also corresponds neatly with the final death spiral of distance track, culminating in the elimination of the 5,000 and 10,000. Remember when 26:30 guys were a dime a dozen? What if their event hadn't existed? They'd be on the roads running 2:04, or quicker, and today's scene wouldn't look so unusual.
Are you remotely involved in the sport these days?
People are buying these shoes and knocking chunks of their times en-masse.
Not just one person who might have had a training breakthrough, but whole groups of people. Leaving behind those who are not wearing the shoes who they've been running with forever.
Then back in training sessions in normal footwear, it's back to level again.
They work. You're still a halfwit.