Thursday, May 17, 2007

Lessons Learned (the Hard Way)* [*EDITED]



Those who know me know that I am one who is usually either early or on time and rarely ever late--even when schlepping 3 children. That's why this whole MISSING THE TRIATHLON REGISTRATION DEADLINE is crushing me. It's so not like me.

I have already sent 2 e-mails begging requesting that they let me register late. This was one response I received today: "Unfortunately the race has reached it's field limit and cannot accept any further entries. Thanks". Think it would be rude of me to e-mail the guy back and explain to him the difference between its and it's??? [*EDITED--And I just got a second response back: "We are sorry, we wish we could let everyone in the race. ...The Webster, MA race has reached maximum capacity and we can no longer accept entries at this time. We do not have a waiting list nor take entries on Race weekend for closed Races. At this time, we do not anticipate any additional entries will be available but if that does happen, we will post it on our website." Umm...yeah, okay, I guess I won't hold my breath then.]

I also thought I'd try to be tricky (mwah ha ha) and try to fax in an application, but they updated the form as of May 15 so that the New England race wasn't on it. Fuck.

So instead of drowning my sorrow in a vat of wine gallon of Moose Tracks, I'm going to attempt to figure out what this trauma experience has taught me.

1. To not procrastinate? Yup.

2. To not feel guilty about spending $75 on myself in order to achieve a worthwhile goal. As my Hubby remarked this morning, "So you felt bad about having to pay $75, yet you think nothing of dropping at least $40 every other day at Target?" (I think he's catching on that his wife is Target's bitch.)

3. That I need to find another goal to work towards ASAP, lest I lose all motivation...

4. That I will easily be the FIRST person registering next year for the Danskin Women's Triathlon. I may just stalk them.

15 comments:

Annie said...

That's a shame! I'm still in awe of you that you manage to get anywhere on time with 3 kids - I have no excuse really, but I can't ever make it anywhere on time these days and I use my kids as the reason lol! Sounds better than me just being thoroughly disorganized.

Think of it as giving yourself that little bit extra time to prep for next year - you'll definitely win for sure, too ;)

Shauna said...

Oh that just sucks.
Time for some retail therapy at Target!

Kerry said...

Well I am just impressed that you are always on time. That's my goal - or it should be anyway!

gigsym said...

you were STARING at my dad???

hmmm...

reading this always makes me miss your stories every morning!

pinks & blues girls said...

I say you just show up the day of the race with a totally homemade race number and just wing it. See if they notice. ;)

At least now you have an extra 12 months to train!

Jane, Pinks & Blues Girls

hqm said...

You know the saying goes, "It's the thought that counts!" I say go with it!
In my eyes you not only finished the "tri" but you WON!!!!

ossy said...

Maximum capacity? What the hell is that about!?! It's not being held indoors, so what's the big deal? Somehow I'm getting way too worked up over this. I'm feeling your pain. Hopefully some other event is coming up. At least you've been active, which benefits you....especially with bathing suit season upon us.

Cate said...

That's too bad that they wouldn't let you into the race!

And I have to say...kudos on never being late with 3 little ones! I don't know how you do it! You are now my idol!!!

sisters with style said...

What is your secret on never being late with 3 little ones. I have 3 and it never fails we are always running behind.

I'm sorry about the race that really stinks.

CakeHead said...

Hey, at least you "thought" about doing it. That's more than I can say. It's a shame they won't let you in.

Jennifer said...

Oh no! I'm so sorry...there's always next year?? Sorry, that's a lame response. Any other races/triathalons...to register for?

Jen Magnuson said...

That does suck, sorry. But you're probably in fantastic shape with all this training, so next race, be the first to register and go win the whole damn thing!!

Shell in the City said...

That really bites. You would think they could make exceptions. I bet not everyone will even show up!! Well, I guess you will be the most prepared person for next year's triathlon. Now you have a reason to visit Christy in FL and do one there!! Just a thought...haha!

Houses, Couches and Babies said...

It may seem like your husband is catching on the to the Target spending, but come on, are husbands likely to remember a comment like that 30 seconds later? Sorry you missed the deadline. You'll camp out for registration next year.

Kate said...

Deadlines suck. Especially the ones that got away.

Here's to a new - and, with luck, healthy - obsession...

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