Key to huge races – Make yourself comfortable !
At this year’s Nations triathlon, there were thousands of athletes in the “holding pen” on Ohio Drive. One in particular stood out. Howard County, Maryland police officer John McKissick had thought ahead. Unlike the rest of us who were nervously milling about, jogging in place, sweating in out wetsuits an hour before our heats, McKissick was relaxing in a chez lounge chair that he brought from home. The “Cop in the Chair’ as he called himself, had worked the popular Columbia Triathlon and had a sense of what to expect. As many an athlete burned up energy they would need later in the DC heat and humidity, McKissick watched and smiled. If I return to the Nations Triathlon next year, I’d like to be in one of the first heats, like Mayor Fenty, or be “chillin’ on the lounge” with the “Cop in the Chair.”