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The biggest loser biggest liar and Fitness RX

Posted Feb 01 2009 12:00am

Loser Liar

The biggest loser biggest liar story is getting pretty well known by now. Just do a Google search, and you’ll get a ton of replies with articles and blogs reporting the story. But just in case you haven’t, the condensed version is that Dane Patterson, the latest cast-off from the reality show, was videoed completing the Desert Classic Marathon held in Phoenix. The rub is that he had a little help in the way of a ride in the production van, reportedly from mile 17, straight to the finish where he was mobbed by family and friends and taped receiving his finisher’s medal. The reason according to the production crew was to keep the production schedule.

Fitness RX

But I have one that bugs me almost as much. The cover of the December 2008 edition of Fitness RX features “The All-American Athlete, Actress, and Model” Hannah Cornett. So multi talented is this blue eyed blond beauty that she competes in Surfing, Mountain Biking, as well as triathlon. Her list of accomplishments includes

Hannah Cornett Results

Fourth place finish at the USAT World Championship in Cancun
First place at the MX Suma International Triathlon in Akron OH
First Place at the Cleveland Triathlon in Cleveland OH
Third Place at the Redondo Beach Triathlon in Redondo Beach CA
Third at the Long Beach ITU World Cup, in Long Beach CA

Training Schedule

Even more impressive is to prepare for these outstanding results, She completes 2 days of swimming up to 1.5 miles in pools or 500 to 1000 yards in open water, 2 days a week of running building to a distance of 10 km, and 45 to 60 minute spin classes three or four times a week. All while training and competing as a competitive surfer and mountain biker.

My Rant

I don’t want to sound mean or vindictive, but these results on this training schedule don’t add up. Turning in the results reported in the magazine would put her in the same class as Simon Whitfield or Emma Snowsill . Competing with these world class athletes is just not going to happen doing the amount of training reported in the magazine. Giving the benefit of the doubt, the results could be age group, or special categories, or something else, but I would think it’s the responsibility of the magazine to double check the facts and report them accurately.

Incidentally, I did a quick Google search, and First place in 2008 in Cleveland went to Mark Durno in 1:55:58, and Third in Rodondo Beach in the sprint distance, was Jason May in 43:30. Of course, if I have my facts incorrect, I am always open to correction. Check out the article if you can get your hands on a copy.

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