There are few who have the type of range David Torrence possesses in the 800 to the 5,000m. With 1:45 speed and 13:16 strength, the 30-year-old has found plenty of success in his seven years as a professional, including an American record in the indoor 1k and five U.S. titles. Even so, there remains a glaring hole on Torrence’s résumé: he has yet to make an Olympic or World Championship team. It’s a reality that is shared by many given the brutal top-3 selection structure, but for someone like Torrence who has come close on multiple occasions, it’s undoubtedly frustrating.
Now entering 2016, Torrence is entirely focused on finally breaking through at this summer’s Olympic Trials, whether it be in the 1500 or 5k. After a period of coaching change in the last few years that ultimately saw him return to the famed John Cook, and also signing on with Hoka One One as his sponsor late in 2014, Torrence believes he’s in position to do just that.
First, though, is plenty of months of build-up training leading to the Trials in July. With 2016 still being in its infancy, we caught up with Torrence to talk about his roadmap for this season, and the new regimen that he hopes can improve his late-race speed. As is customary (if not clichéd) for this time of year, I start by asking DT the usual round of New Year’s questions.
Check out the Q&A HERE.