Ryan wouldn’t be the first guy to dissemble about his physical attributes. But with him it’s become a pattern: first the marathon, then the dubious mountain climbs, as well as some minor confusion about the exact level of his skiing prowess. (He told Ryan Lizza of The New Yorker that he was on Janesville Craig High School’s "ski team," when in fact the school only maintains a ski club.) "Sounds a lot like when guys say they can also bench 300 pounds, run a 4.5 forty, etc.," says Rooney.
Earlier this month, Fallows questioned what this string of falsehoods might mean about Ryan:
This doesn't fit the normal model of "efficient" political or human truth-shaving. It was a lie that was totally unnecessary — if he'd said he had run a five-hour marathon, we'd still know that he's physically very fit. And telling it in his current state of 24/7-scrutiny and prominence was either unbelievably naive ("no one will ever double-check this") or plain reckless ("I don't care if they do").