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Anxiety at the Birkie Survey

Posted by Tony Mommsen on Feb 2nd 2017

RESULTS FROM OUR
ANXIETY AT THE BIRKIE SURVEY
 
ANXIOUS MOMENT # 1 - We park at Short Rd. One year got the bags out, did a quick check....boots, skis, poles, bibs......I had left my bib/chip at our cabin about 20 minutes drive away. Can you say PANIC!!! 
Lucky for me my spouse was a first-waver and I was second wave classic-I had no warm up except the adrenaline from that drive, and run to the bus and start!
 
ANXIOUS MOMENT # 2 - There was a snow storm that dropped about 10" the night before my first Birkie. I left at 4am and had to wait for snow plows to follow to get to the race.
 
ANXIOUS MOMENT # 3 - forgetting my timing chip
 
ANXIOUS MOMENT # 4 - Optimally timing that last trip to the portapotty.
 
ANXIOUS MOMENT # 5 - One year driving to the start area in a blizzard wondering if we would even make it to the start let alone how to wax for the race.
 
ANXIOUS MOMENT # 6 - I can't go out too fast and bonk
 
ANXIOUS MOMENT # 7 - 2014 Birkebeiner where we left our accommodations at 6:30 waited in traffic for what felt like forever and missed our start by several waves: typically not a problem, but that was the year the tried gun time... needless to say it was the slowest time I've ever clocked.
 
ANXIOUS MOMENT # 8 - Will I get to the start on time?
 
ANXIOUS MOMENT # 9 - Will I make it through the Port-a-Potty line before my Wave start?
 
ANXIOUS MOMENT # 10 - My friends, who were all in later waves, were still trying to decide what to wear at the time I needed to be heading out the door, but we were riding together! Also every year the line of people waiting for the buses is REALLY long!

 

WHAT MAKES YOU ANXIOUS BEFORE THE BIRKIE?
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-Posted by Tony Mommsen on Feb 2nd 2017

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