Like most of my Ironman "nightmares" from last season, this one was another T1 dream. Why do they always take place in T1? I think it has to do with my fear of forgetting something important, like my bike, which is ridiculous, because it is the largest piece of equipment needed for a triathlon.
So I finished the swim, I am guessing pretty fast, because I had the T1 area to myself. In fact, the tent wasn't a tent, it was like the changing hut on a beach like out on Greenwich Island where I did that two mile swim the other summer. For some reason I was waiting for my Ironman friend, Jill, whom I did Lake Placid with.
What does that mean? She isn't doing Ironman Mont Tremblant, but brief discussions of Lake Placid 2013 have been floating around. Was this a nightmare of my T1 for a 2013 Ironman back up in Lake Placid? Whoa...
But I was waiting for her because I must have swam faster than her (were we gonna do the rest of the race together? We did a 16.5 mile training run on the course together last May and were matched up so perfectly in terms of pace that we thought about ways we could run the actual run together come race day), (btw, Jill is NOT a slow swimmer!) so I found a bench and started reading a book (who reads a book during T1 of an Ironman?!?!).
Eventually she showed up, so I hit one of the changing rooms, only I couldn't figure out what to wear. My T1 bag was my pool swimming bag and I must have stuffed every article of triathlon/cycling/running gear that I owned into the bag. There was so much stuff in there that I just dumped it all out. I was overwhelmed!
Meanwhile....tick tock tick tock, right?
I remember grabbing the green top that I wore for Lake Placid, putting it on, then taking it off thinking, "I can't wear this. I already wore this in an Ironman. I need something new!"
Like, don't wear the same outfit twice to a party? Huh?
I think I settled on some god awful gray/black top that I actually don't own. FYI: I should never be a triathlon clothing designer.
Then the dream ended.
I only call it a "nightmare" because of this sense of panic once I got into the changing room. I was super calm just reading a book on the bench until I actually started changing. Then once I realized I either forgot something or couldn't decide what to wear is when the panic set in.
I had a T1 nightmare last season where the race organizers lost my T1 bag. Once I learned of this I went to the "officials" in some control room (do Ironman races even have "control rooms" ??) and they just didn't care that they lost it and offered to give me someone else's T1 bag. That works, right?
So between these two dreams I guess my biggest fear is showing up to a race and forgetting something important.
Anyone have any good T1 reading suggestions?