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In its news release on Kristi Anderson’s suspension, USADA called her a track and field athlete. Not so. The 51-year-old mountain runner in Colorado says she’s never competed in a masters track meet. Had she been a part of our game, she might have shared our awareness about banned substances and how to get permission to use them for medical reasons. In any case, she was blindsided by the fallout from her drug test at an August race. She shared her thoughts (often with a great sense of humor) in a quickie Q&A conducted via email Christmas Eve. Kristi runs a physical therapy shop near her home in Longmont. Her case illustrates (again) what happens when a one-size-fits-all antidoping system bumps up against age-groupers with legitimate medical needs. Ask Kathy Jager.
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Masterstrack.com: What was your reaction to the positive test at the Pikes Peak Marathon?

Kristi Anderson: My reaction: a series of emotions ranging from fear to bewilderment to amusement — mostly fear. “Why are they after me?” “Oh my God, do I have to go on Oprah?”

Were you aware of the TUE process going into the race?

I have never heard of the TUE process. I’m not an elite runner; I’m a middle-aged mom and business owner who loves to run in the mountains.

What’s your medical need for DHEA?

I saw a doctor for adrenal fatigue and menopausal symptoms. (I’m 51.) A hormonal panel showed low DHEA, practically nonexistent testosterone and low estrogen. Despite taking the dose recommended, my levels remain low; there is no competitive advantage from my perspective.

Did you consider fighting the suspension?  If not, why not?

I did not consider fighting the suspension. The protocol for fighting it seemed daunting and the suspension at any length doesn’t affect my aspirations as a runner.

How does your suspension affect your competition plans?

The suspension has no effect on my future plans in any way. My enjoyment lies in experiencing the trails either solo or within the friendly trail running community. I like the trail running races because of their low key nature and the perk of having festive water stations in crazy remote places.

How is your case being covered locally? Snark or sympathy?

It’s too soon to tell how the local media will treat my case. The USADA press release felt like a slap in the face. I have received supportive phone calls and comments to my defense on the local trail running thread so far. One person expressed shock on what he called a “random assault” on my character. People are entitled to their opinions and some people are more prone to judge than others. I accept the fact that I have no control over that.

What do you want your fellow masters runners to know about your case?  What you’ve learned from this ordeal?

I still feel a combination of horror and amusement about this experience. I am bewildered as to why USADA would waste their time and resources on me. I take DHEA to support my health and well-being and will continue to take it for those reasons. Avoiding the competitive events that ban this substance is not an issue for me. The Pikes Peak Marathon race director completely understood my situation and invited me back to his race.

Me again: Kristi also notes: “I am not a member of USATF. Does that matter? I don’t know why USADA was at Pikes Peak Marathon. The Ascent, on Saturday, was part of a team world competition. The marathon was a low key, though very challenging, event. USADA says they can come to my house now. I feel like I’ve been abducted by the circus.”

So how can a non-USATF member be suspended by USADA? That’s like a non-Catholic being excommunicated. Crazy.

 

From: http://masterstrack.com/2014/12/33461/

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