SIr Lance-alot wrote:
Why are all these people going on and on about Ritz' big problem is he always gets hurt?? Maybe this is a joke and I am not getting it. Yeah, and Webb's big problem is he doesn't like running at U of Michigan and should turn pro.
RITZ'S ACHILLES HEAL OF INJURIES IS LONG PAST. Have you guys been asleep for several years?? He moved from CO because he often got hurt and wanted a change, and the last several years he has been quite healthy. He's talked about this countless time. Yes, he's had occasional little twinges here and there(who doesn't?), but so small he could basically train through them and run lots of miles on the Alter G. Several times he came back from such small problems and ran great after those periods. In fact, a few of his more "off" races occurred after several months of uninterrupted training.
Stop talking about Ritz and injuries, that's fairly ancient history. He is not indestructible like some guys, but he hasn't has a major injury for several years. That definitely is not some big problem for him. His problem is that the 10k is likely his best event, but that is the hardest event to medal in because of the africans. He took a shot at that marathon because sometimes the africans send weak teams or underperform at the Olympics/WC's, so he thought he had a shot to sneak in for a medal someday. Of course that was before every african and his brother started to run 2:06 or better, and Ritz found out he can't break 2:10 (ok, he can surely run low 2:08, but that's not good enough).
It's called being between a rock and hard place. Your best chance for a medal is in an event(marathon) that is now more competitive than ever before, and that you may not be best suited for. Your likely best event (10k) is probably currently the hardest event to medal in the history of T&F (due to east africans insane depth).
What do you do now?
I say: shoot for AR at the 10k, go for road pay days in the 10k's, and make teams for track and WC's and do your best, which is gonna be damn good. Maybe forget about medal dreams or huge marathon pay days for now.
reminds me of todd williams. another guy from michigan now that i think about it.