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:: Monday, August 02, 2004 ::

Been reading up on triathlons. When I was about 15-18 or so, I was really into triathlons. I used to read magazines on them and follow the Ironman competitions in Hawaii. I thought one day I would do one. Which is curious since at the time I couldn't run or ride worth a damn.

But you know what never occurred to me once when I thought about entering a race? That if I hit the open water for the swim and went out to a buoy or marker and turned around and came back, I wouldn't have my glasses on. Being near sighted, I would likely end up off course and eaten by sharks. Supposing that I got back to shore - big assumption here, my next chore would be navigating to the right bike out of dozens and then to my glasses. Damn near impossible, I imagine, with the commotion of the other racers running out of the water and elbowing eachother as they made their way for their bikes. Thinking about this at work today was one of those wierd moments of clarity. Odd how it never dawned on me before.

When reading up on triathlons when working on this post, I learned more in one hour from the Beginners Guide on the Subaru Triathlon Series site than I had done in the last 20 years. Too bad there was no internet when I was interested in this back in the day.

I'm not thinking of entering a Triathlon, but I might go and watch one at Rondeau Provincial Park later this month if things work out. Getting up to speed on these things again is cool. While a Tri isn't likely to be my cup of tea, I might be interested in doing some sort of amateur bike race next year. We shall see. Got to do something with all this fitness stuff.

Carpe Diem

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