It's really incredible how one injury could send him off course so much. And realize when I say that, that he's been saying that's he's been injury free for quite awhile. My point: it is one thing to have a single recurring injury that just won't go away, or that leads to many other injuries, ruin your career, but its quite another to have a single bad injury, then completely or 99% heal from it, and still not be able to get your mojo back whatsoever. strange.
I think Solinsky was that rare beast that just kept pumping up the volume and intensity up a little bit every month, every year, and just kept getting stronger and stronger and stronger from it (with no leveling off), with incredible performances at the end of this long build up, and then......bam, the injury took all the wind out of his sails, and he would need another 5 years of building to get back to where he was, and I guess that's just too long. Again, strange. After he came back at first, he was quoted as saying he could barely run one 5:00 mile! And this was after training for awhile. The months off, and then months of easy/small training just seem to sap all of the fitness he had gained over the years. Again, unusual, but there it is.... and of course some it might be a confidence thing too: once you struggle, you don't believe you can do it, and that makes it even harder to come back.
I kind of saw this coming, but certainly not this degree: i thought- 'this is a guy who THRIVES off very high volume/intensity/pushing the envelope constantly (Remember his teammates hiding from him on "easy" days, because he was sure to start hammering sub 6's?). If he gets hurts and has to back off of a lot of this training, he might not be able to be quite the same runner.' But I didn't expect THIS drop in performance. Some guys can adjust, or achieve a lot off of reduced volume/intensity, or simply lower amounts of training. But his gift, and it turns out achilles heel also, was that he could really push the volume/intensity to high levels without burning out/getting hurt, and get stronger and stronger, however....he NEEDED this maximum amount of training to succeed. Any cut-back would reduce his ability a lot. Really, really too bad.