Webb has been training hard almost constantly for two decades. At some point it has to get old, especially when you have two kids and you are not going to win anything major. A former world elite likely wonÂ´t derive much satisfaction from dominating local competitions. Give him a break.
Seriously? You want to pin your hopes on a guy who can't swim ITU front pack and finished 40th at the U23 worlds? I sure hope you're not involved with USAT as that focus for your future hopes would seem to be placing a lot of eggs in the 'major longshot' basket. See Jason Pedersen for most likely future outcome of McElroy.
Alan Webb: Most talented athlete to never give more than 2 years to one program.
I don't think I conveyed it very well, but Alan Webb's retirement makes me sad. It's one more quit in a long career of quits. I have always and will always respect Webb for what he did (I was a freshman when he ran his 3:53.... my holy Jew god, that was an exciting time to be a T&F fan), but I will also won't hesitate to dish out the criticism for his inability to stick with a program.
Of all people, a pro like Alan Webb should recognize the benefit of consistency and the foolishness of expecting overnight results. But he never got it. I shake my head in sadness over what could have been.
i don't think the issue is one of his commitment, but rather OVER-COMMITMENT. essentially, he fit in way too many (2x) years of intensity into those 2 years (or whatever number of years).
he pushed extremely (too?) hard. he got amazing things out of it. but he ruined his longevity as a cost.
I just can't see Centro breaking 3:47 like The Webbster. Undoubtedly he is a better racer on the biggest stages, and likely will end up with a more decorated career, but lacks the otherworldly talent Webb posessed.
if true that Webb has packed in Tri at least he is smart enough to realize the Olympic dream is over and time to stop fooling himself and trying to fool others. There are many "pros" (who lose to HS runners in races) who should also pack it in now you will never make a US team your just kidding yourself
10th grade - All-time class record in Mile - 4:06.XX
11th grade - ??
12th grade - first sub-4 indoors, sub-4 1600rel carry, National Record in DMR, 1:47 800m, 3:53y all-time record, 8:43 2-mile, 2nd in FL Champs
Pretty much EVERYTHING you could do in middle-distance running PLUS a 2nd place nationally in XC, and an all-time great indoor 2mile. I think he won Penn Relays with that relay carry, his team definitely set that DMR record.