Everyone likes a good omen. Even the least superstitious athletes search for signs of a lucky race day in the smallest things: The right flavor of energy gel at the aid station, a half-marathon split time that kind of looks like your birthday.
So you can understand my excitement when I got my wave and bib assignments for the Great Chesapeake Bay Swim One-Mile Bay Challenge Sunday: I am in the second wave, just like last year, and I am bib No. 1176 … just like last year! I can’t help but think my neon-orange cap will give me some luck, like maybe the waves and currents will recognize my number from last year and get out of my way.
The race starts at 10 a.m., when weather in Stevensville, Md., is 68 degrees, with only a 10 percent chance of rain. After a few rainy races in a row, I feel like I deserve some sun this time — and a current that goes my way, if possible.
In other lucky news: A change in health insurance led to me seeing a new primary care doc to get a referral to my running doc. I was worried the doc would balk at my very specific request, but with a name like Suzanne Goucher (my middle name, Kara Goucher’s last name … SO lucky!), I shouldn’t have been. I’m 99 percent sure I can see Dr. Pereles about my hip, not some non-running stranger.
Finally, in other-other news: I’m considering another open-water swim! Might reconsider after Sunday, but right now, the Daiquiri Deck Tropical Splash Oct. 3 in Sarasota, Fla., looks mighty good. There’s a 1K, 3K and 5K, and I’m thinking about the 5K. A quick peek at the Daiquiri Deck’s Web site reveals that the bar is also host to Spy Vs. Spy, my parents’ favorite reggae band. Coincidence? OK, maybe, but it’s a neat coincidence nonetheless.
Do you look for signs of good luck before a race? Any good luck charms or superstitious pre-race habits? Share ’em by posting a comment!