Merber talks about riding the line between moving on from the sport and giving the Olympics one more shot and explains Tokyo's postponement was the catalyst that has seen him switch focus to training for the 5,000 and 10,000 instead of the 1,500.
"[The Wanamaker Mile] is something I’ve known about, been aware of for so long, obviously something I’ve thought about for so long, that being successful there — It would mean I’m doing it justice. It would mean I’m doing the thing that Kyle of 10 years ago would have hoped he could do…If I get to 1,400 meters and I hear the bell and I’m still in the race, then I just have to hope that I find it — those final, thirtysome seconds.”
“It’s humbling when you look back at the history books and you see all these guys who’ve run just as fast, or faster, than I have, and I don’t even — I don’t know who they are. It’s an unforgiving sport. People get forgotten very quickly if you don’t leave an impression.”
Torrence loved board games, wanted to be the first person to run a sub-4 mile barefoot on grass, did plyos and pushups at the track at 11PM after winning the Long Island Mile and was quite obviously an amazing person and friend.