I've seen him run at Penn Relays in the US versus the World DMR a few times. Was pretty clear that he was in the middle or just coming off hard core base training, no real speed work in the legs. And that his attendance was perhaps mandated by contractual obligations. With several olympic and world championships under his belt, it's not a stretch to conclude that he is still deep in base/strength work during April and May, looking for an August/September peak. LRC MB posters crying the end of the world when Symmonds runs a stinker of a 1500 meter in early May should really just chill out.