Why? Is there another forum for elites only on which they open up? Is it because talented athletes aren't by nature talented word-smiths? Some seem perfectly articulate though so you'd have to doubt this explanation. Is it because they feel it takes away from their aura of superiority to talk with anyone other than the media who can broadcast and therefore enlarge the story of their accomplishments? Is it a class thing as it is when Brad Pitt marries Jennifer Anniston or Tom Cruise marries Nicole Kidman (all divorced now sadly to say) yet none of these would even dream of dating a checkout chick or a delivery driver? Must an elite athlete, that is to ask, not generally associate or communicate with slower runners as a matter of good social form? Is it competiveness? Do they not want to give away their secrets to the opposition? But then many athletes seem quite happy to give away these secrets to running publications so probably you can scratch this option too. Is it some -or all- of these things, or is it something else? There is an explanation but what exactly is it?
The possibilties left standing so far are the "other forum", the "aura" explanation and the "class" explanation, somewhat related you would say because each is derived from the the concept of superiority and the thought that the superior must close ranks. And after all superiority is precisely the concept underlying the concept 'elite'. But you'd hate to think thats what it comes down to wouldn't you? It'd be the sort of disturbing indictment on human psychology keeps you cold at night. Is there a more innocuous or even a positive way of looking at it perhaps? Is it simply because they don't have time? Because they're too busy doing to have time to talk. But there are some people on this forum who train as hard, if not harder, than elite atheletes so I guess thats not it either. If I was an elite athlete I hope I'd be be happy to talk at length with other runners, whatever their ability. Wouldn't you? But maybe thats easy to say when you're not an elite athlete. Maybe some strange change comes over your thinking when you become really good. "Hmmm I'm not like that guy anymore - hell I guess I was never like him. I'm really good! I'd better be careful of the circles I keep. I'd better watch who I talk to." How many Hollywood celebrities felt embarassed to be seen in the company of the the guy they pumped petrol with, or the girl they waited tables with, after they achieved fame? How many felt the need to acquire a new circle of A-list friends?
Ah I'm getting carried away here. Its probably just a coincidence. Other running forums are probably filled with dialogues between 28 minute and 40 minute 10K runners. Buster Mottrams probably on one of these right now in the US talking about his feelings as he came around the final turn in the Prefontaine Classic with a guy who ran 25th in his Office's fun-run, offering him sage advice on how to finally crack a sub-20 5k. Sparkie's fast. Sparkie and Buster Mottram are probably the same person. Hey Buster Mottrams a Cool Runner! Who knew... But that means I told Buster himself that he was a crap sprinter, that I could beat him over 100 meters! Uh uh. No wonder he was short with me. I might have to go into hiding yet...
Edited by victoralias, 17 June 2007 - 07:22 PM.