Tom, to be honest you are totally over reacting here. There were NO professional triathletes at Florida this year, there was no pro prize purse offered by ironman and no category for them to register in.
Dans time and win is impressive, but put in context, a couple of years earlier, IM Swiss then 6x now 7x winner Ronnie Schildknicht had a poor Kona race that year, decided to regroup and after coming 2nd at the Austin 70.3 flew to Panama City and recorded to win and record the then fastest ever North American Ironman time of 7:59:42
In 2013, the last year Florida was a full pro race, with the same time,Stubleski would have come 22nd, a full 45 minutes after the winner.
You make some good points, but your main premise is totally flawed, sub-8hr Ironman times are not uncommon and to go from 8:36 to sub 8 is a massive leap.
I emailed Tom and my comment was posted on November 14th.
Mark Cathcart said: November 11, 2015 8:22 pm (aka 2:22pm GMT) Your comment is awaiting moderation.
[EDIT: 21:34] Added screen capture, plus included the lead paragraph which I missed in the above.
[EDIT: Dec. 15th updated to point out Tom did publish the comment on 11/14/15