The amazing thing about that Diane performance is that AFT is 5'5" and 150lbs. his stats include a 400lb DL and a 395lb squat. you can imagine both of those help him on the benchmark girls.
it's pretty evident that putting up those numbers in the basic lifts helps you in short, intense events: Diane, Fran. at what point along the metabolic pathway continuum does that strength become an encumbrance?
i find it interesting that elite endurance athletes in the marathon range seem to be emaciated (at least compared to strength and sprint athletes), but a guy like Dean Karnazes
is not emaciated, in any sense of the word. nor is Catra Corbett
. she's a crossfitter, though. are they genetic anomalies? i don't know much about ultrarunners, but i'd guess they'd be affected by the same by the catabolic nature of LSD.