Posted: 21/08/2016 at 18:26
SG, I have no fear about approaching top rate performing athletes. Never did. Where I live, there seemed to be internationals at every corner.
The guy I was talking to was at a 10k race just watching when in a moment of audacity; and in front of a mass of other spectators, I remarked, "Didn't you once run a HM at a pace faster than this?".
'Er, yes', I did once!
And then he had an audience all wanting him to relate in great detail how he worked it up a class field.
He got a round of applause for that one. About ten years after the event.
A load of us ended up in a pub with the stories of victories being described in a fashion that made them seem like our own. I guess sharing the moment makes it somehow valid and worthwhile.
The point is, the winners of races can't bring up the subject of their victories and then tell everyone about it, without appearing to be showing off.
It's different on the thread since we're all hoping for the story.
I discovered it's ok for 'me' to broach the subject (of others great deeds) and that gives the guy; often the first chance, to re-hash the race.
It can be very isolating to win most of the time. Not much common ground with the masses.
I give them a chance to join in.
I know this is appreciated. Which cheers me up no end.
It certainly puzzled many who couldn't understand why some runners ( even Olympians) choose to go running with some clod who never even made a county team at anything.