After finishing fifth in the 2013 Bank of America Chicago Marathon in a time of 2:09.45, Ritzenhein said he was disappointed by his time. The previous year, Ritzenhein finished the race in 2:07.47.
“This shows I haven’t figured it out completely,” Ritzenhein told Flotrack.org after the race. “Last year I ran so well I thought I had kind of figured it out, but I still haven’t figured it out totally.”
Ritzenhein, who has been a member of three Olympic teams, ran his first marathon in 2006 at the ING New York City Marathon. In that race, he finished 11th in a time of 2:14.01.
Ritzenhein has come a long way since the 2:14 days, but Sunday’s 2:09 finish wasn’t enough to satisfy his competitive spirit.
“If I had been three minutes faster and been in fifth place still then I would have been happy because I would have been there, but being three minutes behind, it wasn’t really that competitive. So I’m not really very happy about that,” Ritzenhein told Flotrack.org. “I’ll be a little disappointed here but I’ll put this out of my head. I’m not going to dwell on it. I still had a good year so I’m just taking it into 2014 to help me improve. It keeps me hungry.”
The 2013 Bank of America Chicago Marathon was won by Kenyan Dennis Kimetto in 2:03.45. Ritzenhein was the top American finisher in fifth place.