Not all early morning wake up calls are created equal. Some days I am fitfully awake before my alarm, contemplating my first cup of coffee and the day’s events. Other days, like today, the alarm startles me out of some crazy deep sleep or dream and it takes me a few minutes just to feel like I can function. I stumble around confused and dazed trying to brush my teeth with the end of the hair brush or sitting on the toilet with the lid closed.
Today when the alarm roused me at 5:10 a.m. for my cycling group meet-up, I was having a nightmarish dream about my upcoming race. This is how I know I am truly tapering…the dreams arrive in full force.
In this dream I was making the transition from swim to bike. I had just purchased a new bento box (in real life - not dream life - so it was on my mind) and it was loaded with Honey Stinger Waffles and gels. I got to my bike and remembered I needed to add one more thing to the bike (bird’s eye view):
Yes, for some reason in my dream, I wanted to put a high chair tray on top of my bike. I figured I could place all kinds of fuel on there - cut up Power Bars, a nice selection of strained peas and Cheerios - and just pick it off at my liking. Problem was, when I put the tray on the bike, I couldn’t get to my bento box underneath. I was thoroughly disturbed. This was throwing off my whole mojo. I threw the tray to the ground, yelling “Mother f$cker!” Thankfully, the alarm went off and I was pulled from the depths of this high chair/bento box disaster.
I’m sure my next 70.3 dream will be about doing the race naked and chafing my ass off. Or, having to crap while on the bike and stopping to ask an aid station volunteer for a Depends (that really could happen).
Do you have crazy dreams in the days/weeks leading up to a race? Tell me one. I have these kinds of dreams before any big event: childbirth (that one was nasty), my wedding day, tests, races, you name it. I think it’s how I work out my anxiety.
Do not try to patent my high chair on a bike invention. I think I’m onto something and Trek probably does too.