You're creating the hype wrote:
UltraDude wrote: Thus, he is really looking past the trials to some later ultras (which he can win) and is trying to strike some sort of balance in his training between the two.
Yea, he's racing Comrades this year and the trials can actually act as a really good build-up race for that. He knows what he's doing. All of this "trying to make the team" hype is coming from LetsRun and similar, not from Jim.
In his quote posted above, he seems to believe he could make the Olympic marathon team. Doing so would be far, far more impressive than winning Comrades and would give credibility to those claiming elite runners couldn't beat him in an ultra.