I've had my suspicions for decades, but blogging has really brought it to my attention. Wait, let me specify...blogging about my running/fitness (or lack thereof at the moment) and reading other blogs about the same has shown me very clearly how different I am from the mainstream. Not at all better, mind you, just different.
First, I do not enjoy expos. I think as an athlete they are a complete waste of time...for the most part. They feel so pushy and grubby and congested...or empty. I've yet to have an expo experience rock my world...or remotely appeal. Yoo hoo... Race Director, can you please just send me my stuff? Without charging me $9.99?
Next weirdness... race t-shirts. Don't want 'em. If it's cotton, I might wear my race t-shirt to sleep in or when taking an ice bath. If it's a tech tee and it doesn't smell horribly like chemicals, it probably won't fit very well or will be itchy, and there is a minuscule chance I will ever wear it even if it's pretty nice. I like those races where they discount your entry fee if you wish to pass on the shirt. Check. That. Box.
My third point of oddness would be my preference for not racing very often. I relish the training. While I do enjoy checking my progress from time to time in a race setting, I really love the journey.
Which brings us to the grand-daddy bizarrity ... bling ain't my thing.
I do not need or really even want a finisher's medal. I totally understand why people like them, and races do go to some trouble to make interesting/attractive/desirable-looking medals. I know most people want a physical testament to the fact that they completed something...an object they can show people and show themselves as evidence of their accomplishment. For me personally, unless I won something, I'm not inclined to display it...and even then I probably won't. Case in point: my rowing medals...
...in a box in my garage.
I find the satisfaction in the doing and not so much in the trappings. But that's just me...and I know it's weird.
How do you feel about these things...expos, race tees, races in and of themselves, and bling? Way into them? Some of them? Don't care? Somewhere in the middle? I'm really curious!