Not So Fast

Aug 16, 2014 | My Iron Year, Training Daze

Blog Categories

Blog Archive

About Me

Lynne Tapper

I am a lifelong endurance athlete with the dual goal of training and racing until my bones turn to dust and sharing that passion with as many people as possible.

With my bike and gear all settled, I was feeling pretty good. The rain still isn’t letting up, but I’m trying not to think about it. I laid down on my bed and tried to rest.

About 15 minutes later, I woke up and realized that since we put a big plastic bag over my bike, I wasn’t sure if my bike computer was on the bike. Plus, if it was on the bike, I wasn’t sure it was turned off!  Yikes. Now I’m panicking.

I left the hotel room, took the Cabriolet (a little open aired chairlift/gondola that takes you quickly to the base of the mountain and right to the Ironman Stage/Expo area).  It was now 4:12 pm.  Transition area and bag drop-off closed at 4:00 pm.

I didn’t care. I needed to see my bike and make sure the computer was there and it was OFF!

I got to the entrance and asked this one volunteer if I could get in to check my bike. I explained that my husband put this bag over my bike and I didn’t get a chance to confirm my computer was there and that it was OFF.  He hesitated.  Another volunteer appeared. He seemed to be more senior.  I told him my tale. He looked at the first volunteer and he said, “This is the LAST person you can let through! I don’t care if a bike is on FIRE! No one else can get through!”

I thanked them both and found my bike.  The computer was there and it was OFF! Phew.

As I left the transition area, I thanked the two volunteers again. The first one said, “Now you can sleep well!” I smiled and headed back to the room.

My daughter pointed out to me later at dinner, “There’s no way a bike would be on fire, it was raining too hard.”  She has a point.


Related Posts


2021 has turned out to be the "year of physical challenges" for me. As each year goes by, I try to come up with another challenge to celebrate the passing of time. Maybe this is to prove that while...

read more

Running on Pause

Something's not right. In early spring 2021, during a 7-mile run, I noticed some slight pain in my left ankle. Of course, I didn't stop running, I just took note. After a few doctors and physical...

read more