You Snooze, You Lose

I get to add a DNS to my Running History, oh JOY! Apparently, Race Day was just a sleep accident waiting to happen. With my trip to Atlanta, a visit from my friend Gray which I stayed up late talking, new meds… it all came to a head on Sunday Morning. I had everything ready to go for the race. The bike was in the van, my bags were ready, I had my clothes out, I had basically 2 alarms (The Kids and My Watch) and turns out that my Human Alarms had their own snooze button and my watch, which I always hear, wasn’t loud enough to wake me from the sleep of the dead.

There was one point, which in our groggy state, My Lovely and Talented Wife asked if we wanted to go and when I looked at my watch, if we had left RIGHT THEN we could have made it race start… but everyone was asleep and that’s not how I wanted to start the day. My eyelids closed again, and I arose about 3 hours later.

So not starting a race isn’t all that enjoyable. There’s a little more mystery to it and how you might done, but it’s not as frustrating as a DNF (Did Not Finish). My goal this year was to do an Olympic Triathlon, but with missing Tellico Sprint, that stepping stone was important, especially becoming more comfortable on the bike.

There is another triathlon in July that I can sign up for, but it’s short than Tellico and not necessarily a good move to the Olympic Distance. I think that this would mean that 2009 would be an Olympic Triathlon and then 2010 would be the Atomic Half Ironman (Oak Ridge).

Now apart from my NOT running, I know that most of you are depressed because you didn’t get a chance to Win Crap. Well, I think that is going to be remedied in the next week. Just like every’ other running city in America, Knoxville has it’s own Fourth of July Race. Actually, we don’t call it something wimpy like a firecracker 5k or something like that. In fact, we don’t even have it on the 4th of July. Ours is at 9pm at night of the 3rd of July and we have a manly name to it, the Fireball 5k.

So, look for a new contest early next week.

About planet3rry

I'm a husband, father and runner in the Knoxville area. I love the way that running makes me feel and how it has changed my thinking. I am always looking for the new PR whether in the 5k or the marathon