that "no racing" policy is literal bullshiite. it really does suck that chris will look back on 2011 and see a really good 4200m split in a 5k, a 3:54 mile and a 3:35-3:36 1500 at stanford. not trying to take the mile and 1500 ... they are great. 3:36 translates to a sub 13:00... the "no racing" policy has got to go.
an interview with lagat on flotrack said it best. the kenyans have been racing since january. practice makes perfect and practicing the 5k is what needs to be done. sorry for rambling.
Agreed...the Africans run a lot of time trials at their chosen distance. It is one aspect of Lydiard's philosophy that they espouse.