On the last day of January in 2010 Brent and I ran together for the first hour of his long run. I brought up Chris Solinsky’s season opener of 3:55.75 and simply said, “You should be envious; envious of his consistency.” Consistency in coaching, training method, in teammates and in training local. One coach for the past seven years, the same training partners for the last seven years and only two different towns. That, coupled with a low incidence of injury, gives Chris a level of consistency across all of the important running variables that lead to a fantastic performance (and yes, personally/socially he seems happy too as he’s engaged or married).
Congratulations to Chris, Jerry, the fellas and agent Tom.
PS – Want an example that the US Olympic team is the toughest team to make? Chris, a sub 27 minute 10k guy, isn’t an Olympian today but ran well in the 2008 trails. Tough team to make indeed.