So I will first give credit where it's due, and acknowledge that I saw this on Laura's blog.
But her blog is now private, so I will relay the message.
But thanks, Laura, for your sluthing.
Okay - here goes.
So you know how I didn't really pitch a bitch about how on The Biggest Loser that one guy got the IM distance wrong? I figured - hey, it's still a big accomplishment, maybe it was just a mistake.
But then I learned from Amy in her comment that BL actually editted out the "half" in the guy's description - and that he DID in fact say "half-Ironman."
So BL lied.
But THEN there was last night.
Anyone else wonder how a man who was morbidly obese and totally inactive was suddenly able to squeek out a 3:53 marathon just three months later?
Well, I did. Especially considering my little sister, who is all of 100 pounds, ran five marathons in the last calander year (many of those as Boston Qualifying attempts) and her best was 3:53.
And the weight is not even really the issue - but rather the fact that a completely inactive man (for many-a-year) suddenly up and ran a 3:53 in three months?
An event that most active fit people need 3-4 months to run?
It sounds fake, and it apparently was.
Laura discovered the blog of a woman who also ran the race. Apparently, the woman discovered that Dane (who was behind her throughout the race) suddenly appeared at the finish line - in front of her.
How did this happen?
Turns out, a van picked up Dane and his wife along the way (mile 23), and drove them in.
And not at 3:53 either - the woman marathoner finished in 6:14, which would mean that Dane would have finished later then that. Well, would have, if he didn't get the van ride.
But yet, there they were, cheering and celebrating his "marathon" finish.
(I should mention that Dane's wife found the blog too, and actually commented that they were picked up at mile 23 and driven in to make up for time they lost while filming at a water station - whatever - he still didn't run the whole thing and he in no way ran it in the time stated).
Before I launch into my issue with BL, let me just say that, dishonest editting aside, Dane did his own part in deciving the public about his finish. I mean, he faked crossing the line. He perpetrated like he actually finished.
It may only be 3.2 miles, but then own your 23 mile run, and don't lie about it.
But my bigger issue is with BL.
First the IM thing, then this?
You know, a half-Ironman and a 23-mile run (or even a half-marathon) are HUGE HUGE accomplishments on their own.
So why lie about them? Why try to build it up to something bigger? Why not just promote the goal for what it is, instead of trying to make it into something else?
I mean, what these contestants are doing is at times hard to wrap the mind around - the stunning weight loss, the years of inactivity turned around through fitness, and new life goals they never before considered.
Hell, even a 5k at that point is a big effing deal. So celebrate THAT.
Eh, maybe I am overreacting to this.
But I remember when this show has the best premise and spirit on television. Now it just seems like they are being eaten up by their own hype.
If they just brought it back to the basics - the reality of what it's like to go from morbidly obese to healthy and full of goals - this blog might very well become the BL Fan Site.
But instead, this show is starting to leave a bad taste in my mouth - and don't get my ass started about the product endorsements.
Ugh. I need a new show.
Good thing I recently found "The First 48."
From weight loss to murderers.
Seems a logical progression. Yes?