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Triathlon & Pancakes – A Lesson Learned…Again


I cook out on my grill all the time. When we threw out the idea of doing a pancake breakfast following our team workout on Saturday, I was excited because I had wanted to buy a griddle for my outdoor grill for some time. So I got one on Thursday, read how to use it and thought how cool this was going to be. After all, I have made pancakes for years. My wife, Julie, had strongly suggested I do a trial run before the the big morning. Other things were on my agenda and time was scarce. I thought it was not needed. After all, how hard could this be? 
So the first time for me to try this out was Saturday morning after the team workout when everyone was at my home. I had all the ingredients lined up, mixed and ready to cook. I was so excited to have all of our team over to my home, that I got in too big a hurry and did not spray the surface with non-stick spray. I put four servings on it and thought all is good….well, when I went to flip the first pancake, it stuck to the griddle. So did the others. I scraped them off as best I could and tried a couple of more servings. A big no go. While all the team waited patiently, I retreated, somewhat embarrassed, to the kitchen to make them the proven way I always have done. And there I was successful with the tools that I was most familiar with.
The lesson: DO NOT try anything on race day that you have not practiced. Don’t let shiny/futuristic new equipment entice you to question your readiness. DO NOT change your training plan, nutrition plan, or any other radical action that may seem logical, harmless, saw something in social media that might make you look better or go faster in the race….If you find yourself being drawn like a moth to a flame to change something in your routine just before a race…don’t get burned.
In triathlon and in life, this is how it “stacks up”. When I make impulsive decisions, I tend to be the one who gets “pancaked”.
With much appreciation for my team letting me demonstrate what not to do… for their benefit.

Originally written August 13, 2014

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