The Sunday Read: Dylan Wyke’s tweets, drinking, and dying. Plus: party rocking

Did Canadian marathoner Dylan Wykes lose Olympic gold because he tweeted too much? That’s what Running World columnist Mark Remy suggests. Remy worked up a graph correlating the number of tweets to the success of Olympic marathoners and suggests – tongue firmly in cheek – that those who tweeted the most performed the least. He found that winner, Ugandan runner Stephen Kiprotich, had no Twitter account and so therefore didn’t tweet at all. On the other hand, “Number 20, at the bottom of the y axis, is Dylan Wykes, a Canadian who ran 2:15:26. He sent 12 tweets in the two weeks preceding race day.” Remy equates too many tweets with a lack of focus on running and while he’s joking, maybe he’s onto something – especially if you consider his scientific methodology: “To test this hypothesis, I hunkered down with a bottle of oatmeal stouthypothesis juice and pored over the data. ” Sounds like Remy’s been studying Subthree’s scientific approach. The full story here: http://bit.ly/SiVIgC

So it’s okay to drink while you’re hypothesizing about running, but what if you’re prepping for a race? Over at Time.com, runner and author Hal Higdon strongly discourages you from party rockin’.

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Higdon definitely does not want to see you indulging in the kind of behavior depicted above. ““If your drinking regime includes a glass or two of wine at dinner or the occasional beer on a Friday evening, that’s not going to be a problem,” says Hal Higdon, author of Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide. “It’s a problem when you go out on a Friday evening and hang out a bar for three hours and throw down a half a dozen bottles of beer.” No surprises, the recommendation is moderation. A few drinks aren’t bad, but it’s best to limit your consumption. Oh, and don’t tweet so darn much. The story is here: http://ti.me/RdzP7t

Play clean, kids. That’s the message from pro cyclist Jonathan Vaughters, who got caught for doping and now advocates in a New York Times think piece that bikers, runners and others eschew using drugs in order to create a level playing field for all athletes. “If you just said no when the antidoping regulations weren’t enforced, then you were deciding to end your dream, because you could not be competitive. It’s the hard fact of doping,” Vaughters states. The former Tour de France riders regrets having used drugs in competition, but he argues: “THEN, just short of finally living your childhood dream, you are told, either straight out or implicitly, by some coaches, mentors, even the boss, that you aren’t going to make it, unless you cheat. Unless you choose to dope.” Read the piece here: http://nyti.ms/Np072U

Yet another study on running and heart disease, this time one saying that endurance athleticism does contribute to damage to the vital muscle. Outside Magazine reports:  Chronic over-exercisers, writes “Dr. James O’Keefe, lead author of the MCP review and a cardiologist at St. Luke’s Hospital, in Kansas City, Missouri, may develop scarring and calcification inside their ventricles and arteries.” Call it post-Micah True scare syndrome. Outside’s writer is quick to raise the ultrarunner and his recent death from heart failure. Several studies have refuted that marathoning causes heart failure; this one doesn’t labour that point, but rather posits that “super-athletes” who use running for therapy more than recreation may be at risk. A full read of the article here  http://bit.ly/R8dfJI shows that in fact nothing is nailed down when it comes to running and heart disease. Just don’t party rock and tweet, okay?

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About subthree

A multiple award-winning journalist, I'm currently a contributing editor with both Canadian Running and Canadian Cycling magazines. My articles have appeared in Explore, Canadian Geographic, enRoute, The National Post, The Globe and Mail, and many other magazines and newspapers. Formerly a competitive cross-country mountain biker, I switched to running in 2006. I've run seven marathons, qualifying for Boston five times (and which I've run once). Generally, I've placed or won in my age group in races, in distances ranging from five and 10 kms to half and full marathons. I've also taught spin classes at a number of leading Eastern Canadian gyms. Sub-three was a 2012 #Runchat finalist for Best Overall Blog.
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8 Responses to The Sunday Read: Dylan Wyke’s tweets, drinking, and dying. Plus: party rocking

  1. SeeAlliRun says:

    So if I stop tweeting I will become a faster runner?

  2. irinasouiki says:

    Yay, I don’t have a Twitter account! That should make me at least a Boston qualifier, right?

  3. T.McG. says:

    I’ve done nothing but become faster since starting my Twitter account. Remy has it all wrong and I think Dylan just isn’t tweeting properly!

  4. HI subthree
    I thought on first glance that your post was going to be abit of light froth but it is much deeper than that. The effect on the heart is fascinating, I have a 68 year olf father who has always been a runner and now he is having heart problems. The stuff about twitter left me shamefaced. I used to have a life.
    I have just listed it at one of my favourite barefoot posts of the week at http://www.barefootbeginner.com/2012/08/24/pick-of-the-posts-no-6-the-best-5-barefoot-posts-to-see-you-through-the-weekend-are/
    Happy running
    Chris

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