For the first time in 5 races, I got up at 3:45am, got ready, drove down to the SheRox race site, sat in the rain for an hour and pulled the plug.
Now, of course, the guilt is killing me, even though I probably would have botulism from the nasty Bay water and more than likely a broken leg from falling off my bike due to slick road conditions. Everything in me was hoping they would turn it into a 5k run, but when that was unlikely I pulled the plug myself.
So, here are the top 3 indications that you should pull out of a Triathlon:
Number 3: It's raining, dumb@$&! This is a hobby, not your profession and there is no reason to be soaking wet and freeze your @$& off just so that your family and friends can't give you sh*t!
Number 2: By 45 minutes before race time at least 2/3 of the people haven't shown up yet - either because they had the same idea you did, or the road conditions are so bad that they had trouble getting into the race site.
AND Number 1: The announcer who is trying to make you feel confident and comfortable says for the 10th time in an hour "ladies, the water temp is a balmy 68 degrees and right now it looks like glass". It is at that point that you realize the water "looks like glass" because it is right off a boat ramp and it's been raining for the last 2 days, therefore all the oil and other pollutants have drifted to the surface.
Moral for today, if you ever "quit" - own it, embrace it and toast to it! At least you worked your @$& off enough to be there in the first place!
Now I'm off to get that drink that I haven't been able to in the last 3 weeks while I was training.