Anti cranti wrote:http://www.flotrack.org/coverage/251526-Texas-Relays-2014/video/741318-Dorian-Ulrey-back-on-the-track-and-back-to-basics
With out reading the article, I can assume what the contents are.
In high school, it is not uncommon for 2:05, 2:00 and 1:55 half milers to all train together and it sort of works out because the potential improvement curve is so great at that age. But, when you are in your mid-20s, a 1:47x 800m runner trying to do the workouts with a group of 1:44/1:45 guys can easily become physically and emotionally burnt out. You need some individualization, but there is no way your needs are going to be fully met becasue the attention goes to the 1:44/1:45 guys whose performances pay the bills.
I watched this scenerio play out in the late 80s with one of Gags groups, the Enclave. You would have sub-elite types who were H.S. state champs and NCAA all-Americans killing themselves in workouts and basically being treated like scrubs. In a true elite group, everything is primarily focused around the world class athletes and it has to be that way becasue they are the ones who are paying your coaching salary. Unless you have a break out race and/or show improvement in training, you quickly become sort of like a sparring partner and being a sparring partner serves a useful purpose, it's what keeps you in the group. AlSal actually allows athletes to ride the back-of-the-bus longer than most, talk to any East African athlete and they will tell you that their groups will have up to 50 sub-elite 'peacefully' sitting the beanch. To the point; most athletes are selfish, their evaluation is always based on their own improvement. If it does not happen, it is someone else's fault, which is why it does not surprise me that Dorian had a bad experience at NOP.