Note: Please see the update at the bottom of the post -IFC
It’s now 46 days until the Arizona IRONMAN 70.3, where Ragen claims she will swim 1.2 miles, bike 56 miles, and run 13.1 miles, all in under 8-1/2 hours. Instead of enlightening us with training updates, Ragen has been watching movies and posting inspirational quotes and concocting a steady stream of excuses. What better way to cap off that elite effort than a few selfies of herself training hard to show all the haters? Ragen just introduced a new feature on her blog called Selfie Sunday, where she plans to post training selfies taken throughout the week every Sunday since she is absolutely definitely training very hard for Tempe.
Our favourite trained researcher did a bad job of stripping the EXIF data from her photos. Checking the dates and timestamps for the gallery, we can see they were taken on August 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, and 30. They’re presented completely out of order chronologically to imply more activity than they actually represent; when arranged correctly, everything appears to be OK until August 29, when Ragen apparently decided she needed to create a bunch of new selfies for Selfie Sunday. At 9:53 PM, Ragen poses for an “early morning run”. 11 minutes later, Ragen is suddenly in the middle of a swim. A minute after that, Ragen is just about to start a swim.
Moving on to August 30, Ragen is “back in the saddle” riding her bike at 9:16 AM. An hour later at 10:20 she has suddenly finished a 42 mile training ride. Ragen wants us to believe she biked 42 miles in one go, only three weeks after she was happy about riding a single block in traffic and doing some figure eights in a parking lot. It’s worth pointing out that as usual Ragen is merely implying she rode 42 miles before the photo was taken. With her usual slippery relationship with the truth, it’s possible she meant over the course of the selfies, or even her total mileage since she bought the bike.
For the benefit of our readers, we’ve arranged Ragen’s selfies from August 29 and 30 in the correct order with dates and timestamps.
Ragen poses for an “early morning run” selfie at 9:53 PM.
11 minutes later, Ragen has just finished a swim.
A minute after the previous photo, Ragen is “getting ready to swim”. GPS data shows the camera was turned 120 degrees to the right since the previous photo. Note the identical specks of dust on her left shoulder.
Ragen is back in the saddle the following morning, apparently 2-3 hours into a vigorous 42 mile training ride.
An hour later, Ragen has moved half a mile and finished her “42 mile” ride, and is complaining about walking her bike up a 5% grade.
Fake Selfie Sunday may be a new low even for Ragen.
Note: Because of our commitment to fact checking, this post was temporarily removed to confirm some technical details about the metadata formatting in the images. After considerable investigation into the EXIF standard, as well as cross referencing with shadow angles and other available metadata fields, we remain confident in the timeline presented here. Ragen is free to supply evidence to the contrary, at which time we would be happy to issue a formal retraction and apology. We extend the same invitation to her for any other post on this blog.
Instead Ragen has posted an angry rebuttal on Facebook that addresses nothing about this post or anything else on Dances with Facts. She accuses her “haters” of not actually believing what they say about her, as well as hacking, doxxing, and sending her graphic rape and death threats as part of a “campaign of sustained harassment”. It remains a great mystery to us why all of Ragen’s “haters” choose to politely relay their messages through private channels nobody other than Ragen herself can view and confirm.