I want to explain something about Sondre.
I already knew Sondre (and Sindre Buraas) from long time, since they used to have periods lasting 4 weeks about, in the Kerio View Hotel in Iten, where I have my own house.
Last year, at the beginning of October, Sondre sent me an email, asking if I was interested to coach him, since his previous coach quitted the activity (we know the reason).
I accepted this task, making clear some points, for me fundamental :
a) Since I don't think the superiority of African runners is mainly genetic, but due to different ambience and training conditions (altitude, big groups, not mental limits, better felling with their body, etc...), I told him he needed to become more "Kenyan", with long periods in altitude, and better feeling with his body.
2) I wanted a full motivation, believing in a project. He already ran a Marathon in 2:12 and was not bad in Rio (19th in 2:14), but his PB in short distances were very old, and I put as basic goal the improvement in short distances, for having a different base of speed looking at a Marathon of top level.
3) To believe in training only. I don't want any kind of supplement for my best athletes, apart Maltodextrines when they go for long runs. I want that the athletes become mentally strong, believing in themselves as person, not looking at any external aid, something that creates mental limits.
4) To give me full feedback about his training, when I'm not with him. Under this point of view, a european athlete can have big advantage compared with African athletes (apart few exceptions like Eliud Kipchoge), because it's normal for him to use his computer for writing all his training, his feeling, and every situation we have to analyse (something African athletes normally don't do, so there is big difference when I'm personally with them, and when I work with my programs, also if they are followed by some my assistant coach).