You think by the time an athlete reaches a world class level coaches and athletes themselves would know how to avoid bad races. Unfortunately, that is certainly not the case, as evidenced by American mile record holder Alan Webb's second bad one in a row.
He dropped out of the Carlsbad 5000 last weekend after getting dropped by the lead pack, leaving him and his coach scratching their heads about what is going on.
"He, like everybody else, is going to have setbacks from time to time," Raczko said. "When you're trying to train at such a high level, sometimes you bonk a little bit, I guess." - Scotto Raczko, Alan Webb's coach
The talented Webb seems to have a history of running very well or very bad- not much in between. Last month he finished a disappointing 16th at the 8K national championship road race.
Training, nutrition, cross-training, and tapering all play a role, along with any number of unknown factors. Not as easy at it seems to go out there and perform at a high level every time.