Wednesday, June 1, 2011

An odd hangup of mine...

3 days until my first triathlon. Current weather forecast: Isolated showers with a high of 19c (66f).

I have an odd hangup. I can't bring myself to wish anyone good luck for a race. It's not that I don't want to give them good luck, but I just can't do it.

It comes from a background in theatre. In theatre, you don't say "good luck" because that could bring bad luck. Instead, you say "break a leg". For decades, it was a habit that I followed, and it's not easy to change ingrained habits.

I don't think most people want to hear "break a leg" prior to a race...

So, if I get a little tongue tied when telling you to "have a good race", it's because I'm biting my tongue on my instinct to tell you to "break a leg". Nothing personal. ;)


  1. That's why I always say "have fun!".

  2. I agree with Keith - I say "have fun" a lot or take lots of pics!

  3. Hahahaha good to know!!

    Well have fun and take lots of pictures at your first triathlon in 3 days!!!! Can't wait to hear all about it.

  4. I hope you have a wonderful race. Just enjoy every moment of it.