Wednesday, September 24, 2008


I absolutely LOVE the day IM race #s are assigned. You can always find something exciting in a race number. For example, last year my Kona number was 1625. How could you get a better number?! That is 4 squared 5 squared!

At IM CDA this year I was 1889. When I picked up my shiny #1889 bracelet the elderly woman helping me said "Oh, that's a good year my dear, my grandmother was born that year!" I told her "It is also the year that the backward pedal brake was patented for the bicycle. AND the year the Eiffel Tower opened in Paris!" At this point I am quite sure it was confirmed in her mind that all triathletes are indeed crazy!

So - here it is - my Kona #1587:

1. To my great surprise this is the year that Mary Queen of Scots was beheaded at Fotheringhay castle in England after she was implicated in a plot to murder her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I. Oh my, scandal! That castle sure looks to be a in lovely place though.

2. Adding 1+5+8+7 = 21, that seems pretty lucky!

3. 1587 is a lower number than last year's 1625, so that must mean I'll be a bit faster this year!