Thursday, May 17, 2007

Water Slide Triathlon Start -- Only in My Dreams!

Have mercy on me. The pre-race triathlon dreams continue. As do the 4:30 a.m. wakings. Please don't let this last through Eagleman...I'm not sure how much more I can take!

Last night, not only did my big race start inside of an office building...hmmmmm, I think it was on the 4th floor, but also, it was a water slide start. You know where they count down 5-4-3-2-1-GO and swwwwoosh down the water slide you go --headfirst. When you get to the pool at the end, then you start your swim. What? You've never done a water slide start in a triathlon? Well you should, It was fun!

And, it beats getting kicked in the face during a wave or mass start! I was so preoccupied, in fact, with the anxiety of the whole race that I forgot to actually to my "homework" when I got to the venue. You know things like checking out the swim start and exit, checking to see what the slope and the floor of the water are like. Visualizing each transition, and where I will be and how I will be racking (or un-racking my bike). Driving the bike an run courses...that sort of thing. Maybe this is my body telling me to make sure I arrive at the race site early on Saturday so I have plenty of time to check things out and worry! And wish that we were having a 4th story water slide start!


Scott Hughes said...

A waterslide start for a triathlon? That would be cool... weird, but cool.

You might like the Triathlon Forums.

Nancy Toby said...

That's kind of like the start at Steelhead, jumping off a pier and water going up your nose.... WHOOSH!!

Scott said...

You've been tagged!

+ that would be awesome if a triathlon started like that!

Diane said...

That sounds fun! I might actually do an open water swim if it started on a water slide!

TriGirl 40 said...

Maybe we can start a new triathlon - waterslide, rollercoaster, and sky ride!

Melissa said...

now that would be an exciting way to start an anxious race! i think it woul dhave to end with champagne to be in true TG style! love it.