A friend of mine sent me a link to Dathan Ritzenhein' blog (dathanritzenhein.competitor.com). Ritz, who DID run for Colorado and is the American record holder at 5,000 meters, provides some candid insight into some (but not all) of his training "secrets". Looks like a ton of talent and the ability to handle a tremendous workload.
The secret may be in how he recovers and remain relatively injury free! Like Lance Armstrong, it looks like Dathan has some interest in triathlons after his running career (future triathlete).
According to Dathan's new website ritzrunning.com, his next race is the US Cross Country Championships in Spokane Feb 13.
I wish I still lived in Washington!