With permission from The Alexi Grewal Story
Story: “So Alexi how was the Mead Roubaix race last weekend?”
Alexi: “Oh, it was OK,” he said slowly, then took a drink of coffee.
Story: I hate it when he makes me play 20 questions to find out what place he got, “And how did you do?”
Alexi: “… lot of guys quit… lot of guys went down… went to the hospital.”
Story: I also hate these terse/vague answers. I was going to have to say something to provoke him so I said, “So Alexi, did you really race from Mead, Colorado to Roubaix, France? I looked on ‘Map Quest’ to see how far it was, but it couldn’t tell me the distance… probably the Atlantic Ocean threw it off. How did you get across the Atlantic Ocean, Alexi?”
Alexi: No response (he’s killing me here). He took another drink of his coffee then finally said, “I got dropped… just another hard training ride.”
Story: “Did you finish?”
Alexi: “The break happened in the first 15 miles. There was a 30 mph crosswind… there was no way. I only had a 10 minute warm-up.” He took a sip, looked at me and said slowly, “I saw the break go… I knew how hard I’d have to go… I just didn’t feel like it.”
Story: I didn’t respond. I wasn’t sure what to say to this. We sat there in silence for a few minutes.
I know how hard it is for an endurance athlete to say something like that. It’s not OK for an endurance athlete to say that they don’t feel like it. Endurance athletes suffer to hell and back… and they still feel guilty about not going hard enough.
Alexi: But then Alexi started talking… as if suddenly it was “OK” to not “feel like it” and he had permission to go on,