CMU Triathlon

Posted September 13, 1998 at 9:09 am 1 Comment

Last year I finished the CMU Triathlon with a unimpressive time of 1:17:51, placing me 11th in my category.  My plan at that time was to train intensively over the summer, improve my time, and finish a few places up this year.  Instead, I spent most of the summer doing computer graphics research, which is fun but not very athletic.  So this year I copped out and decided to do the triathlon as part of a team.  However, I had a “secret plan”: since last year only two co-ed teams entered the triathlon, I knew that if I entered as part of a co-ed team, we were guaranteed to place.  I convinced Brendan and Angela to join me and we sent in the registration form.

Today was the big triathlon day, but things didn’t quite go as expected.  Here’s what happened:

  • 7:00 AM
    I wake up and pull on my cycling gear.  Brendan comes up to my room as I’m putting air in my bicycle tires.  I grab our registration packet and we head out.
  • 7:45 AM
    The race information meeting begins.  Strangely enough, there’s no sign of Angela.  While the race coordinator is outlining the course routes I head out to attempt to track her down.
  • 8:10 AM
    I leave frantic messages for Angela at the lab and at her apartment.  The race is supposed to begin in 20 minutes and neither Brendan nor I want to swim.
  • 8:17 AM
    Still no Angela.  In desperation, we call Casey.  He wakes up after the phone rings three times.  Unbelievably, he agrees to swim for us in the triathlon.   The only problem is that he just woke up and the triathlon begins in 13 minutes.
  • 8:27 AM
    Casey arrives, somewhat out of breath after running all the way from his off-campus apartment.  He jumps in the pool just as the swimmers are heading to their marks.
  • 8:30 AM
    The race official fires the starting gun and we begin.

Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?  It turned out that Angela had gone to the hospital with severe abdominal cramps, so I guess that she had a pretty good excuse.  The race actually went pretty well for us, but since we no longer had a female on our team, we could no longer take advantage of my “secret plan”.  The Male Team division is more competitive and has a greater number of entrants, so we ended up finishing fourth.   We did win two free large pizzas in the post-race raffle, however.

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  1. I see… It was your fault, because you relied on such a person like Angela, but she eventually showed you her real nature. The nature of a traitor.
    But dont worry, MacBain will take care of IT.

    Comment by Eduardo Gonzales MacBain — November 16, 2006 #

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