Good interview with Chris Solinsky, one of the bright new American distance stars (13:12 pr in the 5K). Chris plans a trip to Australia in Feb. to experiment with the steeplechase. It just might be his race- and the US hasn't had much on the international scene in this event in many years.
If you follow track, then you know that Chris finished 5th in the 5000 meters at the US Olympic Trials. He reflects on what went wrong, and what he is now doing different (I still am dumbfounded that he went just about a full year without running a 5K, and then expected to be race ready at the Trials- what were they thinking?).
In the video, he does look thinner, and claims to have lost 10 pounds through high mileage and a cleaner diet (why wasn't this done in preparation for the Olympics?)
I've been saying for some time that competing in cross country is a key strength building component for a great track season. For some reason Chris took a low key approach to training throughout the fall. Another key oversight.
Hindsight is 20-20. Look for Chris to have an outstanding track season. We'll find out soon enough if the steeplchase will be his best race- at least he is giving it a shot to find out. (c) Dave Elger 2008 All rights reserved