>May I recommend a watch, sir?

7 Oct

Much to the chagrin of my knees, I’ve signed up to train for a short distance triathlon here in Guadeloupe. I can do it. It’s not really far: swim=.47 mi, bike=12.4mi, run=3.1mi. Seriously, I know I can do it.
Thing is, the first two training sessions were a bit of a disappointment, and I’m chalking it up to island time. Night number one. I call in the afternoon to confirm the time and place. All good. I show up at designated place five minutes early. I wait.

For. Forty. Five. Minutes.

During the minutes, I asked around. Everyone in the other groups was very nice, saying they had never really seen my group at the track. Ok. I called the guy, who said he was coming in ten minutes. He arrives, asks if it’s me who’s waiting for him, I say yes, and off we go. No’ sorry’, no ‘how long have you been waiting’, no ‘this is a better time for you to come since I can’t get here before now’…Okay. I went with the flow and had an okay workout.

Next day: today. Again, I call ahead and confirm the time, place, and person to look for. I arrive on time. I search the beach. I call the guy, no answer. I call the organization. No answer. I swim alone.

Now, I’m just saying, I could be wrong, but generally speaking, if you hand out a printed pamphlet including a schedule of events and meetings, shouldn’t some of them actually happen, and could they possibly happen on time if I gifted the organization some free Timex watches? And if the meetings won’t happen, shouldn’t there be some sort of, oh I don’t know, system, to let people know?
Consider email, perhaps, a lovely invention which allows entire lists of people (aka listserves) to be notified instantly and all at once of any news you’d like to send them.
Additionally- though a bit less advanced- is group texting. Straight to the mobile phone, same concept. I know this works because I watch people here in Guadeloupe texting while driving around the roundabouts allll the time! I’m fairly certain this would be the best method of communication.

All in all, I can’t say I haven’t started training. I ran. I swam. Plus, the exercise allows me to rationalize this ti-punch I’m about to have with The Pirate, alongside the vegetarian pizza(read:entirely overloaed, half a pound per slice, three cheeses also). So that’s nice.
Now, I’ll try again tomorrow and get some information from the other running group that seemed much more interesting, and interested.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: