Posted by Steve Magness
High School CC training 2009
The season ended well for Ryan. He ended up 12th at nationals which was a solid race. I went into the race thinking that if he had a good race, top 10 was possible and if he had a great race top 5 was within reach. Well, he was right there in contention. The gap between the top few and him was not that large and a few seconds here or there was the difference between his 12th and a top 10 finish. Throw in the fact that it was about 30 degrees, a little cold for a TX kid, and it was a great effort. The woop de do hill thingies seemed to affect him more than we thought they would. Each time they went over those things he'd lose ground on the pack and have to surge to get back up there. No idea on what we could have done differently to prepare for those though, as we don't have anything like that in houston.
I'll post more on the experience later but Nike does a first class job in taking care of the kids. It was a great experience for the HSers. I had the priveledge of staying in the altitude house with Alan while I was up there, which was pretty cool. And I got to analyze Paula Radcliffe's form while they took high speed video of her. I'll keep my opinions on her form to myself though so you'll have to ask me in private if you want my analysis, haha.
Lastly, congrats to all of the Texas teams and individuals. They performed great and showed the quality of runners TX has. Boerne and The Woodlands in particularly ran great. I wish our team would have had a chance to compete their as I have no doubt they would have finished top 15 and if they put it together top 10, as they were only 12pts from the #3 team in the nation at state...but what can you do when you leave it to the at large selectors. Maybe next year they'll take 4 TX teams instead of the 4 CA teams.