Suppose I don't make the swim cutoff. $450 entry fee down the drink without even the chance to finish the race.
Suppose I get scared and panic on the swim.
Suppose I have some major mechanical meltdown on the bike.
Suppose the nutrition I've trained with doesn't work anymore... or suppose it's just dumb, my gumdrops, Combos and string cheese when everyone else is slurping high-tech gels.
Suppose I'm just going along at my own pace but I don't have 4 bike lengths between me and the next person and I get penalized for drafting. When I'm just minding my own business.
Suppose my favorite tri shorts that I've been training in ("wear what you'll wear on race day") have had enough and don't protect me from my saddle on race day.
Suppose I can't figure out what to wear (even though I've been training in what I'll wear.)
Suppose I can't .... well.... just suppose I can't whatever.
Suppose I pass out on the run.
Suppose I drop dead.
Suppose I have to go to the hospital.
Note to self: Photocopy insurance card and tape to back of race number bib. Plant real card on my husband.
Suppose my shoes hurt (I can never get them right.)
Suppose everyone else registered for this race is supposing the very same things...
Scared Scared Scared Scared Scared
You'd think I'd never done this before.