Webb and his wife, Julia, have started their own business and it has absolutely nothing to do with running. On the 10th anniversary of his 3:46 mile American record run, catch up with Webb and find out what America's fastest ever miler is doing with retirement from endurance sports.
Webb says between not having the success he wanted in the triathlon and his wife giving birth to their second daughter he decided to completely end his athletic career.
Interviews include Alan Webb, Vin Lananna, Adam Nelson and Simon Bairu.
Webb: “Drew is very strong, stronger than I was as a distance runner. But he’s also strong in his perspective, and that’s what is going to make him ultimately succeed. I admire him, and I’m proud of him. I couldn’t have asked for a better guy to take all my records away.”
Some very heartwarming stuff in here. Quotes from Dathan Ritzenhein, Alan Webb, Alicia Shay, Bill Rodgers and more.
Schwartz (a well known LRC poster) thinks Hunter will easily break 4-minutes.
He points out how De Grasse's deal is so much more than Alan Webb got ($250,000 a year) in 2002 was considered a "monumental deal".
MB discussion here.
"I don’t like it when I hear anyone talk about Ryan or Alan having gone “downhill”.
Hunter is coached by his parents Marc and Joan Hunter who were Alan Webb's coaches his freshman year of high school. The family also has connections to well-known LRCer Tom Schwartz (“Tinman") who they get coaching advice from.
Reavis talks about the rise of the internet and how it put a lot of pressure on these three from an early age. Mostly though he analyzes Hall's recent DNF in LA and the direction his career is going.
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Even though he isn't sponsored by Nike, Webb still runs in the Zoom elite and Pegasus, but tries other shoes as well. He talks about the "transitions" in tri racing and how it's funny compare how carefully he used to tie his shoes before running races to how fast he tries to do it now.
Alan Webb will be the event’s honorary starter.
She actually didn't run with her and Alan Webb's two-year-old Joanie, but her friend's baby. She's thinking of going for the 1:31:51 half record in the future.
"I think if we go about it the right way, it's not a question of it it will happen. It's more a question of when it will happen," says Jonathan Hall - performance leader for USA Traithlon.
Some good stuff here from Webb and his wife about his tri training and his mile AR.
Last week Webb finished 2nd at a race, only steps behind a Canadian Olympian. He and his coach say the transition is going very well and they're excited about how much room for improvement he still has. Webb seems happy and like he's enjoying the process.