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As for myself, I almost missed the start of the inaugural IMLT. Had a condo a few minute walk from the swim start and since it was literally freezing that morning I planned to intentionally cut it close and show up just in time for the swim start. I did indeed cut it close but realized I had forgotten my bike computer back at the condo. I pace with power so that was a pretty essential piece of equipment to me and decided to go back for it. When I got back the gun had already gone off on the rolling start and I jumped a barrier and joined in towards the back of the line. It was the only time I was every truly happy about the switch to rolling starts.
Not my personal experience and person still could have started and done race but I was at HIM NC waiting for my swim wave and announcer do the normal requests when people forget things (goggles, ear plugs, etc.) said "anybody have an extra wetsuit? women's size small?" and somehow somebody turned up with one. woman still could have swam without because water was not that cold. I think a volunteer or spectator must have run to their car and got a wetsuit.
Still swim in that wetsuit by the way.
That is when it hit me I had left all my nutrition, puncture stuff and spare tubular back in the hotel room. Had to leg it back, get all my things and then sprint back to the start line. Must have looked a right site in my flip flops and wetsuit doing an extended interval warm up...They wouldn't let me back into transition to get all my things on the bike, so I had to stuff it all down the back of my wetsuit - gas, tubular, gels, pump etc. It made the swim a little uncomfortable, but it worked thankfully.
Same here. A variation is that I'm having the race of my life and then somehow can't find the finish line. I ask spectators, and they send me on some byzantine route that involves stairs and hallways, and all course markers have disappeared. The sense of panic keeps growing, and at some point I usually wake up and realize it was all a dream.
This actually happened at St. Anthony's a few years ago. First timer got out of the water somewhat disoriented, the wetsuit strippers told him to sit down and started pulling off his wetsuit. As the story goes, the guy realized about half-way into the wetsuit removal what was happening and that he wasn't wearing anything and started shouting "no! no!" but it was too late. Lol.
But I showed up before the opening of the transition area on Sunday morning, the race director gave me a bib, and I was good to go.
So just an FYI to people, if you miss check in the day before, you may still be able to race.
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We had a group doing oly distance as a relay team. Since we were only doing one leg of the race, decided to go out on the town the night before. Suffice to say, we over did it. Crashed a birthday party that had one of those double decker buses taking them from bar to bar. We pretty much saw the whole city.
Painfully walked down to check in, the next morning. I was doing the bike leg, so it seemed like a good idea to catch a few z's until I was due to start. Slept through the bike, but showed up just in time to do the 10k (our runner did the bike for me).
Very painful run under the cloak of a severe hangover. Actually had one of my better 10k's because I wanted to hurry and get it over with.
Oh, to be young again.
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I did, however, get hit while riding and never made it to the start of an IM (my first attempt at one). That really sucked. Felt like I blew a whole year of training, not to mention the money lost.
Got confused with start times as there were many different tris going on that day.
Got in the water with other guys and looked at the previous wave in the distance.
Then I noticed everyone around me looked older, some much older.
I asked which age group had just left... bingo... mine.
Well, I'll subtract 5 minutes from my time and I should end up ahead of all these "older" guys.
Nope, still dead last and very confused by this odd sport.
Among my worst nightmares: showing up late for an IM, not having gear ready, missing bike...
Worst than the ever falling one.
Only fools never change their minds and I'll never change my mind about that.