I can't believe you are still bringing this up - I gave up a while ago, nobody wants to hear us talk about track and field on this board and this conversation wasn't going anywhere. But since you won't let it die, I will try one last time to summarize my view on this discussion and hopefully we can find some common ground...sorry folks, just skip this one post from me and I'll get back to football later.
Just so you know where I was coming from, I was responding to the following posts.
Unfortunately, people do - and this is the quote that got stuck in my brain.
Like Kipchoge! That said - I was talking about peaking, and you are talking about being able to run fast in your 30s. At this point, we are talking about 2 different things, both of which are true.
This is the other quote that got stuck in my brain because I know for a fact that most distance runners move up in distance in the track and graduate to the marathon. You are correct that there is money in the marathon for the best of the best, but for the majority of athletes, that's not the reason. And I will die on this hill because its a fact.
And not for nothing, but Gaitlin was busted for using performance enhancing drugs and isn't as fast as he was in his 20s. He is not peaking. I never said you cannot be fast in your 30s, i said very few peak. So an example that proves both of our points.
Yohan Blake was also busted for performance enhancing drugs and isn't peaking, his PR is from 2012 when he was 22. He proves your point that you can run fast in your 30s and he proves my point that he isn't peaking.
This is the common ground and where we agree. So its not necessary for either of us to belabor the point about running in your 30s. I never said you can't run fast in your 30s, for me it has been about losing a step and that's all. For some people, they are still faster than 99% of the planet even after losing a step.
Farah's coach was kicked from the sport (TWICE) for being a drug cheat. There is a cloud hanging over all of his athletes, Farah included, because he was experimenting with athletes on how to beat drug tests. That said, Farah is an elite athlete, has accomplished everything on the track and will make lots of money on the roads. But this is why I don't think we can discuss this topic further - I am talking about trends for most runners and when you bring up a single dominant runner, they don't represent the trend in the sport. I won't argue against the success of a single athlete doing well in their 30s but to take this to football (nobody is reading anyway) - you cannot say that all QBs will have success in their 40s just because Tom Brady is having success in his 40s. From my point of view, that's the kind of argument you are trying to make.
unless the argument is that Hurts should take PEDs?
Kipchoge proves my point though - he was a 5k runner who moved up in distance as he aged, he couldn't make the Kenyan Olympic team on the track in 2012 so he moved up to the marathon which he started dominating in 2015. The average professional track and field distance runner moves up in distance as they age out of the shorter/faster distances. There are 1000s of examples including kipchoge. Also - the marathon is not fast twitch (although they are definitely cruising).
Now - you can have the last word - but then let's kill this discussion. I am not interested in discussing this anymore and I don't want to see additional shots at me a week after we moved on. At the very least, for everyone else's sake, let's agree to disagree.