Saturday, September 12, 2009

The Pre-Excuse is in!

A racer without a pre-excuse is an unprepared racer!

pre⋅ex⋅cuse [n. pri-ik-skyoos]

  1. an explanation offered as a reason for performing poorly in a race, specifically, before the race actually happens; a plea offered in extenuation of a fault or for release from an post-race smack talk, heckling, shame, etc.: His pre-excuse is lack of sleep last night due to a rock under his sleeping bag.

  2. a pretext or subterfuge used to lower expectations before a race.
There's nothing funnier than listening to all of the pre-excuses at the start line of a race. You'd think it was bunch of 80-yearolds that had never trained before lining up with all of the moans and groans.

Consider this my pre-excuse for Huntsville: I've barely been on the bike over the last two weeks. My legs felt feckless on last night's ride. I'm not expecting a miracle by tomorrow. None-the-less... I AM looking forward to it! Even bad days on the bike are good days!