With Friends Like These . . .
So I’m only a few days out from my first open water triathlon. Nervous - me?
Yeah, a bit. Mainly because my shoulder still isn’t right, more than anything else. So I just have to take it easy on the swim, and inflict some payback landside. That’s the plan, anyway.
It’s great to know that I’ve got friends supporting me - like Tall Friend, who sent me this yesterday:
From: “Tall Friend” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 21 August 2007 08:41:01 BDT
To: “Karl McCracken” <email@example.com>
Subject: RE: Hebburn Start Times
5 days until Hartlepool.
Are you ready?
Bike with gripping tyres; check
Non-quick release tri-bars; check
Trainers with automatic bollard avoidance radar; check
Wetsuit; oh come on it can’t be that cold can it? check
Sunglasses that go opaque at first sign of danger; check
What could possibly go wrong?
I’m not sure if he’s just trying to wish me luck in his own way, or push me over the edge. Of course, I could reply to remind him that I beat him in our last outing . . .but the margin (10 seconds in 67 minutes) is a little too small for me to crow over. Put it this way - Tall Friend’s T1 routine is SLOW, and I’d want a good ten minutes lead over him to start feeling confident enough to taunt him.
Either that, or spike his pre-race Rice Crispies with ‘Old Rosie‘.
- Type: Cycle
- Date: 08/21/2007
- Time: 13:06:14
- Total Time: 2:10:00.00
- Distance: 35 miles
- Average Speed: 16.15 mph