don't tell him he could have gone 49 seconds faster!)
It's all part of the mathematical study of "extreme values" that helps determine upper limits. A quote from the story:
"For a lot of athletes it is probably depressing when they are confronted with our extreme values," Einmahl told the German news agency dpa. "But this is a very serious study - the extreme theory as a part of mathematics and statistics is an accepted science."It's all math, so there is certainly the chance of a breakout performance. I wonder what the 100-mile limit would be? Perhaps this will be one of Professor Einmahl's graduates thesis.
[Thanks to The Final Sprint for pointing me to this story]