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  • #91
    Re: too much Gabe?

    Someone wants to break the 100 post mark.

    It is odd that this post is about to break a 100 and it is about a nut job. Why should we admire someone who wastes their god-given talent

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    • #92
      Re: too much Gabe?

      Well,
      I've read through these posts tonight, and I've thought to myself that this is a kid with a lot of talent, who's accomplished a lot in spite of (or because of?) his stride. Now, the OG are roughly a year away, and he's mentally fresh and prepared for the hard training that he'll need to do over the next year. I think that he'll surprise people next year.
      He's certainly eccentric--- but what might he do with a coach like the late Percy Cerutty, who coached Herb Elliot and others in Australia? It seems to me that these two would have been an ideal match. Gabe would be sprinting up sand dunes, etc.--- and his stride would, no doubt, open up.
      It's interesting to speculate how various athletes over the years might have fared under the guidance of different coaches (and their personalities). Suppose Herb Elliot, for example, had trained under Igloi!

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      • #93
        Re: too much Gabe?

        It's amazing that in the entire course of this thread, no one has mentioned what may well be the most significant "wild card" of all: Gabe's recent diagnosis of bipolar illness (manic depression, to use a previous era's language). (Can't recall where I read this, but was in a reputable new venue--not hearsay.)

        Bipolar is very serious business. Being bipolar explains a lot. Manic depressives are noted for being prodigious in their activities, and being all over the map in their up phases, but then growing despondent, or being demotivated, during their black times. This seems to fit Gabe. From where I sit, much of Gabe's soap-opera "drama" is the result of manic-depression. That is often what manic-depression does to people.

        The news item I saw recently also quoted him as saying he thought he was going to be able to do okay without meds. Let's hope so. Lots of those with biplor think so, but then find out otherwise. If he has to resort to meds to control the bipolar, remember the Derrick, Adkins story. Olympic champion off his meds. Also-ran and eventual retirement when taking them due to their significant drag on the body.

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        • #94
          Re: too much Gabe?

          The above post is totally inappropriate w/o souce verification. If it's a truly legitimate source it should not be hard to cite. Please do at least a little homework before throwing up a post citing a medical condition of an athlete.

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          • #95
            Re: too much Gabe?

            "Physicians have diagnosed Jennings as bipolar, but he rejected their findings. He also struggled with Stanford's structure, changing majors from math to music to African history. The breakup with a girlfriend added to tensions."

            http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/6122274.htm

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            • #96
              Re: too much Gabe?

              >"Physicians have diagnosed Jennings as bipolar,
              but he rejected their findings.<

              Doesn't that say a lot? (Note the plural, but the way.)

              There seems to be evidence that this kid is mentally ill. Let us all wish him recovery from this. But if he's in denial about it, I fear his prospects are not great.

              That having been said, he may still be able to achieve great things on the track. But he will still have a condition that will afflict him in many aspects of his life and that is not likely to improve without professional help.

              I do wish him well.

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              • #97
                Re: too much Gabe?

                Apparently, he has a high IQ. Most nuts do.
                I think it is about 145.

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                • #98
                  Re: too much Gabe?

                  Geez, I was told 100 was the highest IQ you could have. I guess my 82 isn't so impressive now.

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                  • #99
                    Re: too much Gabe?

                    I seems like distance runing still garners a lot interest. The only threads on this forum to hit the big 100 are about milers.

                    Even though the US is not dominant in the mile anymore it is still considered the king of all track events.

                    Gabe's journey remains me of Corneal Kurtz's travels down the river of maddess in Apocalypse Now. It is ultimately a journey into self destruction. I hope Gabe does not return to us with a shaven head and muttering to himself "the horror, the horror".

                    Gabe's training method should not be recommended for emerging milers. You should not have to go mad to achieve miling greatest.

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                    • Re: too much Gabe?

                      Gabe you just broke a 100.

                      Congradulations!!

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                      • Re: too much Gabe?

                        That article in the link was startling. It's like he is being drawn back to the primordial ooze or something. This is almost Carlos Castenada stuff at times. Who plays Gabe in the film version?

                        I think we should all wish him well on his journey. If he can even make the Olympic Team next year, that would be an achievement. Hell, if he could even make the 1500m final in the trials, it would be a sign of his talent. But we all know this little long strange trip of his has taken the edge off. Hopefully, he'll return to running, better than ever.

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                        • Re: too much Gabe?

                          I don't think Gabe is that smart...... biking to South America to find a dance instuctor to losen his hips is just a really stupid idea, frankly

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                          • Re: too much Gabe?

                            "Rummaging through his parents' lush garden last week, Jennings plucked a bright orange flower.

                            He ate it. Then another. Then he devoured some wild raspberries, a primordial act that said he was home once again."

                            Good lord. Dude is a freak!

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                            • Re: too much Gabe?

                              He may not be the world's best miler, but he is sure the nuttiest.

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                              • Re: too much Gabe?

                                That would be great if he were a chocolate bar.

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