Are You Ready For The Unexpected
Do you think, when this athlete was topping off the air in his tires his morning, that he thought, “You know, I’m sure glad I’m the the type of racer who never gets penalized…” I wonder if he was prepared for this.
Sunday They carried a man off the race course on a stretcher. I heard that he just collapsed on the run; maybe it was the heat – a low of 80 degrees last night. And the sun came up well before the first athlete was body marked or the transition area opened to further push the mercury toward inferno status… from a racing point of view anyway. You know, one of those days when the heat simply blasts you when it radiates off the asphalt. It’s a good thing most of were wearing hats and could put ice in them at the aid stations. As we watched them load him into the ambulance, we hoped it wasn’t something serious.
There can be course changes, weather curve balls, rightly or wrongly you get penalized, alterations to the order of events, unintentionally getting kicked in the stomach, or face –hard- on the swim just to name a few things that cause us to re-evaluate our original race plan. How about a flat tire? But, if we’re to survive and do our best on that particular day, flexible we must be. Despite one’s physical suffering, always try to remind yourself that everyone has the same course to ride and run on and just maybe you can do it just a little better than they do. In the immortal words of that famous rock group of the 60’s, Pacific Gas and Electric, “Are You Ready?”