Jim Martin wrote:
For a guy who is right on the borderline for his KQ in M35-39, this really pisses me off.
Week of this year Kona I had a bad cold and I spent a bunch of time trying to figure out the rules about prednisone and pseudoephedrine and phenylephrine and whatever else the doc was trying to give me just to make 100% sure that there was no chance that I would violate a rule (especially at the World Championships).
Meanwhile a bunch of guys are hitting the T and blowing past me.
Jim, I got a cold that week, too! (Something about traveling to Kona with kids, perhaps??) After all of the work, time, emotion, and money invested in racing well there, it was very tempting to try and knock it out with a Nyquil-induced 12-hour night of sleep. (Nyquil, like most OTC cold medicines, contains banned substances.) I didn't do it, of course, or else I wouldn't be talking about it.
I think that it's ego that drives the elite amateurs and it's also the simple drive to go as fast as possible (which, okay, may be the same thing as ego). The alarming thing about this story to me is the organization. I know that several elite amateurs blur lines or cheat outright, but the fact that there would actually be a black market infrastructure is disturbing.