Stop whingeing wrote:
Thanks for posting that. That was the other point I was going to mention but forgot. It seems one of the stranger lines of argument on here questioning whether he could be both a triathlete and a couch potato, ignoring the ten year gap between them.
On the mapmytun I am guessing this is an error easily made. Nobody took any notice of my endomoneo stats until I reached the top of a leaderboard when an eagle eyed Ukrainian spotted some of my runs were doubled up. It was an innocent mistake not realising two devices were uploading. Mapmytun is different to Strava and endomoneo. You can map your run then go and run it. I imagine there is some error due to that. It is not particularly relevant to all this though. You pretty much have to take his word for those. There are plenty of events he ran - go and check results on those. Start with the Sca Fell trail marathon where I met him. A marathon up the highest mountain in England (ok we don't do big mountains but still a tough course). That was part of his year of marathons. He didn't have to choose to include mountain marathons but like as challenge!
On this long thread, I was the one who had been questioning why it seemed that there were two narratives to Rob's backstory. In retrospect (and this is why I reread the opening of his book), I may have been more influenced by articles in the Telegraph, SI, etc that I had read first and those simplified his story and didn't mention him as a triathlete. Of course, to gain readership and ratings, they would play up the amazing coach to multi-marathoner angle. But in Rob's own words, he acknowledges his competitive background and the 7 year gap til he took up marathoning. And when I first read his opening chapter, he downplays his endurance background but he does acknowledge it.
I still have issues reconciling the mapmyrun data and his description in the book. He acknowledges in the book that he would need to verify this record attempt at a sequence of marathons, but he says that gps data would not be necessary. Just two witnesses and he chose Eva and Joanna. But his description of them witnessing his initial marathons doesn't match what he posted in mapmyrun which causes problems.
Rob certainly is an endurance runner. I don't question his London or Brighton Marathons because of the photos and splits. But that doesn't resolve the main issue of this long thread--has he been running all the way across the US or has he been getting a lift in the RV for parts of it. I have little to contribute to that discussion. I took it upon myself to examine his book instead to see if there were falsifications there. There are still irreconcilable differences between his descriptions in the book and his mapmyrun data.