I am wasting a little time waiting for Brian to finish his run. So I've been surfing the net.
I visited http://www.daramarksmarino.com/ . She had linked a NPR http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=15121685 program about Marion Jones and drugs in Sport. ( Click on the lsiten button) its about 20 minutes and a really good program.
I am jumping on the bandwagon here as like others I would like to think that most of the Women I MTB and Xterra race with are clean. I look at my competitors and see why they are better than me ( whether its power, technique, speed, efficency). Which means I can relate to their better performance rather than view it in a whole different league.
I would say however that more often than not in my experience if a performance seems too good to be true it usually is. Genevieve Jeanson for example, I am so glad she has come clean, and in the past I remember being amazed at Regina Jacobs running performance (and very saddened by her latter retirement amid Drug scandal), But unfortunately she was a classic case of to good to be true.
If you want to be inspired by real cyclists, check out the Granny Gear 24 hours of Moab racing this weekend. http://www.grannygear.com/ Its going to be a great battle in both the mens and womens solo racing. Jari Kirkland is racing in the womens event along with an Italian Woman. The mens event is a stacked field including Chris Eatough, Nat Ross and Ernesto. The http://www.trekmountain.typepad/ has a nice interview w/ Chris and links to Nat and Ernesto's Blogsites. Ernesto's site is great - this guy does his sport for love! (fairly certain there are no drugs there and seriously if anyone could truly justify them!).