Tuesday, 30 March 2010
THE ROADS ARE ALIVE.....WITH THE SOUND OF MUSIC!
Take a close look at this shot of one Jennifer Goebels running in a the Lakefront marathon in Milwaukee,U.S.A. She was the second woman to cross the line but elevated to first place as the original winner was disqualified for accepting water from a friend outside the official water station point. Then Ms. Goebels herself was disqualified.......can you detect why? Check out the white earphones dangling down from inside her vest just below her number. Yes, she was disqualified for using her ipod violating a USA Track and Field rule which applied to elite athletes.
(Apparently it was a complete ban on all runners but then changed) With a PB of 2.52, she ran 3.02 on the day, she had "signed up" to this rule as had the original winner about taking "unofficial" drinks.
Her view of course was that if she was to be disqualified so should everyone who used music devices. She said she actually only tuned in between 19 and 21 miles when she became bored! The argument is that if the music is so essential to completing the event then it is a performance enhancing aid.
You can imagine, post race comments were divided between those who said that the women should have stuck to the rules and those who said bo******! Sorry, balderdash!
The pros and cons of using ipods whilst training has been well discussed. Relieving bordom when running solo balanced against the dangers of traffic, being mugged, damage to ears etc.