TRAINING at an altitude of 2000 metres in the Arizona heat has served Craig Mottram well in terms of his physical preparation for the World Athletics Championships in Japan later this year. But even as he circled a cinder track in the desert, Mottram was working on another form of conditioning: devising tactics.
While Mottram has been focussing on building his strength for the 5000m, all that will be for naught if he doesn't have the right race tactics to trump the likes of world No.1 Kenenisa Bekele in Osaka this August.
And it is this strategy that Mottram is working on with coach Nic Bideau.
“I've got to figure out a way to try and win because we've got guys that can run 50-49 [seconds] for the last lap, so I don't necessarily want to wait until the last lap,” said Mottram, who finished with a bronze medal at the last world titles, in Helsinki in 2005.