Posted: 25/03/2016 at 08:24
Jimbob, thanks for the tip. Still have the poncho from 2014 and its big so would conceal my last minute wee wee!
I'm a little obsessed by needing to relieve before the start and usually still need to go 10 mins before despite having gone several times before
trust me mate, the minute I went through the start it was all I could think about. In Tokyo they don't let you take bottles into the whole race village let alone the start area! so I was holding this paper cup and searching for an opportunity .... and the fact that I couldn't screw a top on tight made feel like I couldn't do it so I didn't. In Paris there is better opportunity to do it and that last squeeze moments before the start makes you feel so much more relaxed.
Talking of relaxation, next week, however the race goes for me, whatever the time ends up being, I know I want to be calm in those first 2 miles. Champs Elysees is gradual downhill and with that rush of adrenaline through the start, one can give oneself a real blast at the beginning and going that fast feels quite easy (but it doesn't last).... and that can knacker ones race.
Happy Birthday LMB xx