Paula Newby-Fraser ate paleo in the 80's while she was competing...how about that Durianrider?
I was listening to Jimmy Moore's podcast, he is interviewing South African professor of exercise and sports science researcher and marathon runner Professor Timothy Noakes. Noakes tells Jimmy that Fraser contacted him recently and thanked him for his advice to become fat adapted to race competitively. At the time he was coaching her he was not paleo himself but understood the concept of burning fat for fuel vs sugar. He is now 100% paleo himself and has caused quite an uproar in South Africa on his stance that carbs aren't necessarily good for people,lol.