I know I can't expect this from letsrun, but Ritz should be above this kind of criticism at this point. He had a high placing in the 10,000 on Berlin, he broke 13:00 for 5000 meters in Zurich, and he got a bronze at the World Half Marathon. He's not joking around. I don't think there's any doubt that he actually did want to go to World Cross, and I don't doubt that when he pursues his next goal, to break 27:00 in the 10,000, that he'll be running against some of the best 10k people in the world.
Cynicism really is cheap.
Totally agree here too. Despite wanting world cross badly and having the confidence he's on another level after last year, he's doing the smart thing.