Wondering in the West
Not sure how many people on this board have competed before, but running has its ups and downs, even for the super elite.
I saw Henry Rono his senior year of college and it wasn't going well. Not sure he even qualified for NCAA's that year. I know I saw him run a 14:25 5K in Pullman, looking woefully out of shape. A couple of months later, I believe, he broke his own world record in the 5K, taking it to 13:06.
Not saying Solinsky has this ability to get back under 27:00, but he was brutally honest in the post-race interview. I like the guy and I don't expect he'll get cut any slack on this message board. One bad race does one in here, and one good race brings claims of doping. There's no winning on this board and I don't know why.
Why can't we just appreciate guys like Solinsky, who are giving it their all? Of course I grew up in the pre-internet era where we wouldn't dare bash guys like Shorter, Bjorkland, Wohluter, Wottle, Steve Scott, etc., we just simply respected their greatness.