After witnessing the barrage of lightning fast times this past weekend by the Bowerman Track Club I have been left with my jaw on the floor wondering how?
But looking back further into the past few years it has been clear that what happened this past weekend was actually par for the course for this elite group. Fisher's 12:53 was no doubt a huge PR, but it probably lines up very closely with his 5th place finish in the 10,000m in Tokyo. The other achievements are also nothing out of the ordinary for this group or these athletes.
With all that said, I think we can conclude:
1. It wasn't primarily the track surface
2. It wasn't primarily the shoe tech
3. It wasn't primarily the talent of the athletes
The consistent dominance of BTC over other American groups is most likely attributed to knowledge. The secret isn't "there is no secret" as Parker wrote all those years ago. BTC has a secret. Whether its related to training, nutrition, pharmaceuticals (legal type), or other reasons. There is clearly a gap in this groups ability to develop and sustain top talent that is unparalleled in the running community.