My deepest condolences regarding the untimely loss of your sweet kitten, “Auto”, whom I heard passed tonight after a period of ill health. As I understand it, he died from heart failure due to the 50% time overlap between cats in Bologna. How terrible! What a shock it must have been to you! I know how much “Auto” meant to you. Now you must take your time and mourn him of course, but let me just mention that there are many other kittens out there needing a home. Perhaps one of them could lighten up your day once your days are not quite so blackened by shock and grief as they must be right now.
Perhaps I can cheer you up with a little game, a challenge, if you are up to it. I call it the Refute Game. It goes like this: I present a number of statements and your job is to refute them scientifically. Let’s begin right away!
A 50% time overlap between cats in races is not tenable. (Hint: Bonus points for creative answers.)
Women show a higher relative HR and have HR distribution diagrams skewed to the right and not because of physiological differences but because they cruise less and work harder than men. (Hint: Either failure to refute the null hypothesis or, if it is indeed refuted, a broad review of sports physiology studies showing otherwise would suffice here.)
You can replicate the studies toward the end of this blog post on rider weight using the WTRL Classics race results for all the lower categories, but the pattern will break down in C1.
You can also replicate the studies on effort levels in this other blog post on all the lower WTRL Classics cats, and like with cat A in the study the pattern will break down in C1.
(Hint: As for 3-4, there should be enough data for a variety of statistical methods, especially after the Classics season is finished.)
Oh, and I share your loss and send you my deepest sympathy.