I think I might have mentioned that I’m running the Bolder Boulder 10K on Memorial Day and I’m always tempted by the Slip ‘n Slide that is usually on one of the front lawns along the course. This year I thought that I’d put it up to a vote of my readers to determine whether or not I should do the Slip ‘n Slide in the middle of my 10K.
If everything went according to plan, there is a poll at the bottom of this post that you can use to register your vote but before you do, please consider the following list of pros and cons.
Pros of Slip ‘n Sliding
- It will be wet, refreshing and will cool me down.
- The kids trying to recruit people will be happy that I did it, think about the children.
- If I swallow some water I might be able to forgo the next water station and make up the time the Slip ‘n Slide cost me.
- It will be fun.
Cons of Slip ‘n Sliding
- My clothes will be soaking wet, making them heavier, costing me even more time.
- My bib could get torn off.
- Shoes. Squelchy. Sucks.
- Cold water = shrinkage
- It might cost me valuable time.
- What if my Garmin isn’t waterproof? Are you going to buy me a new Garmin?
That last one reminds me of this shady little watch repair shop located close to my office, where I assume you can buy $30 Rolexes that are hotter than half of Winona Ryder’s wardrobe. There’s a handwritten note taped on the door that says ‘we’ll waterproof test your watch.’ It makes me chuckle because I always picture the robust Greek owner coming out and handing someone their waterlogged watch back and telling them “Sorry, this watch is not waterproof.” But perhaps I should take my Garmin to them, after I make sure that they have a more scientific way of testing it than just deep sixing it.