No Walmsley fanboy wrote:
Xenon Nights wrote:
People always argue that any half decent track guy could dominate ultras if they tried. But they ignore the fact that Jim is the half decent track guy
This. I don't get the anti Walmsley vibe here on letsrunourmouths. Runners said for years that if a decent runner actually moved to ultras they would crush the ultrarunners like Jurek and Krupicka. And here is Walmsley proving that point. And then catching cr*p for it. Just can't please these people.
There is no evidence that a "decent runner" would crush ultrarunners.
Jim Walmsley is a fast runner but he is not faster than others. He only has the Western States CR because the conditions where perfect that day. And trail conditions are always difficult to compare.
If you compare his 100k road time, he is mediocre at best from a elite point of view. He barely managed to stay under 7 hours last year at his Hoka event when he was beaten by that Japanese runner by 25 minutes or so.
It's all hype, people!
You are delusional, or at best willfully ignorant. Trying to talk down the WS course record because of conditions is just stupid, and you know darn well that he set the 50 mile record prior to getting beat by "that Japanese runner". Which he did, by the way, in less-than-ideal conditions.
It is some hype, sure, but not all. Nobody is saying he is the best runner ever to lace up a a pair of shoes, but your unwillingness to even acknowledge his level of talent says more about you than anything else.