Alright….its settled. I HAVE to race again….and SOON!!!!
I accidentally washed my favorite swim cap last week and I’m quite bummed about it.
Why is my favorite swim cap you ask? Its yellow, its ugly, and it (was) littered with logos. Its my favorite because I earned it when I did my first open water swim (OWS) triathlon. This stupid little piece of latex symbolizes the triathlete in me. Silly….sure. But it means something to me. I keep all of my race bibs for the same reason. (I also write the date and my finish time on the backs, I’m OCD like that!)
Now thanks to my washing machine mishaps, the logos are almost completely gone!
This unfortunate event made me think about race medals. For some reason, race directors in my neck of the woods don’t pass out finishers medals at the end of a hard day of racing. At first I was cool with that. I didn’t need some stinkin’ medal to validate my accomplishment. I do have medals. Two for AG awards.
2nd in my AG at my very FIRST race EVER, a 5K.
1st place AG in a biathlon.
I am very proud of those two medals, and even if I had finishers medals, I would value those above all others.
Don’t get me wrong, I do draw a limit on where I would expect to be donned a medal at the end of the day. 5ks, 10ks, etc….I don’t expect a medal….unless I place….which is rare. But half-marathons and above, any distance triathlon…..now those deserve some hardware! I pour a lot of blood sweat and tears accomplish those feats. I want a damned medal!
Is that too much to ask? I understand these are hard economic times, and race directors cut corners where they can. But I would MUCH rather get a medal than yet another stupid shirt!!! At least I can display a medal, can’t do much with a crappy cotton shirt!
The half mary that I did was a small trail race, so I wasn’t surprised (yet still bummed) that no medals were given. But most tris around here do NOT give medals….even for distances above the sprint level. What gives???? Is this normal??? I have seen plenty of sprint tri race reports from other parts of the country that include the signature “medal pose”.
At any rate, until our race directors decide to pony up with more hardware….latex swim caps cluttered with logos it is. My way to display my pride in a job well done. Now what will I do when they stop providing swim caps???
How do you feel about finishers medals….love them, hate them, indifferent????