Fear and Self-Loathing at the Races

I didn’t have enough time to train properly. I downloaded new software onto my Garmin the night before the race and didn’t realize I’d screwed it up until mile 3. The day dawned too cold. Too hot. Too ordinary. I ate an Oreo four hours before the start; my shorts were too short; I fell. I fell three times. The excuses pile up easily after a bad race.

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