Dean Karnazes didn’t beat Lance, but I think I’m more impressed with Karno’s performance than Lance’s.
It’s been a funny thing, Lance running the NYC marathon. I’ve always been a little ambivalent about Lance. I think his physical abilities border on the non-human and therefore fascinate me. His battle with cancer was compelling and important. But for some reason I was quite disappointed in him when his marriage broke up (strangely, I wasn’t disappointed in Kristin; maybe I should have been); and I remember reading somewhere that he didn’t treat Sheryl any better when they were together. I guess I have utter respect for him as an athlete, but I’m less impressed with him in other roles. I understand, of course, the unfairness of my assessment.
At any rate, Karno, ultra-runner extraordinaire, used the NYC marathon last weekend as the capstone to the Endurance 50, where he ran 50 marathons in 50 days.
And after having run a marathon per day for 50 days, he was still able to nearly match Armstrong’s pace.
I think I wish Karno had won. But I’m impressed, nonetheless.