I'm supposed to be packing my bags and car as to do a run, swim, cycle, run, swim, cycle, run (!!!) will need military precision packing organisation skills to successfully execute! But I'm feeling a bit anxious so I told myself I can blog for 45min. and then get back into it.
The coolest thing happened yesterday which has made tomorrow even more significant and special. Tomorrow will mark my 6th and 7th triathlons. Out of my previous 5, four have been done through Triathlon Pink. It’s a fantastic event run right around Australia and I can’t encourage people to do them enough. Anyway….long term readers will know some of my stories surrounding my previous tris…some of them can be found here:
Triathlon 5 - oh - apparently I haven't reported on that yet! Oh well.
|Tri #1, #2 & #3|
Then, most times I've gotten to the finish line, the MC has announced to the crowd that I'm the last
person to finish. I know it's true - I am the last...but to announce it to the crowd no matter how innocent the intentions, it's really, really embarrassing.
Each time this happens, I tell myself that I should contact the organisers to let them know and to request that they don't do this - particularly the packing up. But --- time gets away, I forget, I don't
This week I remembered to finally do it, so yesterday I decided it couldn't hurt to finally email the organisers and just request that they don't do this anymore. Especially with me doing 3 events tomorrow, I am expecting to be last again so I was really sticking up for who will probably be me!
My email gave a very brief summary of my past experiences, and a request to change things this week. I said I loved the event, and I spoke highly of the volunteers. I said that I know that they've been volunteering all day in the sun and deserve to go home...but that I am only ever literally 5, maybe 10min. at the most behind the next last person - so it would only take 10min. more of their time to just wait for me to go past. I gave a quick recount of my first tri, where, not only did the volunteer pack up the run course, he actually left - so there was no-one left on the course. This is when I had a hyperventilation / asthma attack - so it actually was not only just embarrassing, it was really dangerous as I was out there all alone, unable to breathe.
I was embarrassed writing the email; assuming the event organisers would look down at me for
Within 10min. after sending it, I had an email back from one of the staff, apologising for my past experiences and asking for my number because she had passed my email onto the director who wanted to call me.
I said it was ok, really, I am ok, it's just a couple of small requests - and I still love the events, but sure, here's my number.
Very soon after, the director of the event called me. And wow. He was amazing. He was beside himself with disappointment about what had been going on. He said that that is definitely not how they plan to run their events. That the packing up (and especially leaving) was absolutely not supposed to happen - and that he was so disappointed that it had taken 15 months for him to find out about the first time as now he couldn't do anything to change it for me.
He was so kind and lovely and apologetic. I could tell he was so genuine - and what got me, was that he said he understood how that would have felt. That went a long way with me - I truly thought
I can't speak highly enough of this directors response. He asked me to introduce myself on the day as he'd like to meet me. Then - he said this...just amazing:
He confirmed I was doing my crazy three events. He said it'll be a big day for me - so what he'd like to do to help me, is to get me to start at the front of the swim queue at each of my triathlons, so that I get a head start in the pool ahead of everyone else. He even said they'll give me a minute in the pool by myself!
Now this makes me really nervous as I am not a confident swimmer, so I do breaststroke with my head out of the water which is sort of embarrassing - also I'm going to have literally hundreds of pink swimming cap clad girls watching me, wondering why I'm in there by myself - plus, when
He said to do this, then finish my first tri, have a drink, settle and get ready for the next (I'll probably have about 15min. in between), then make my way to the 'pointy end of the pool' to start ahead of everyone else in that triathlon, also.
Then he said "and that way, you shouldn't come last."
How lovely is he??
We'll see...for now I just wanted to share how lovely this response was :) After the phone call I was so overwhelmed and a bit teary.
What will be really special is having this gesture available to me....leading events is usually saved for the most elite; often the winners from the previous year get to lead off events. I don't ever forsee that being me. So this will be a nice little experience..a far cry from the gritting of my teeth and crying breakdowns I usually associate with triathlons :)
Wish me luck for tomorrow. I'm just going to give it my best shot. I wouldn't do it if I didn't think I could do it. But I am really nervous. I've done the 5km run and then the Long triathlon before, and I was exhausted by the end - tomorrow I have to fit another triathlon on the end of that! I'm sure it'll be ok.
Will check back in soon after - hopefully with 3 medals and a big smile on my face :) xx