Okay, so you found the perfect race. Now what? I bet you're a little hesitant to register. I have a time-tested method to alleviate that uneasy feeling when you're filling out the registration form. Here's what you need:
- A computer (or mail-in form, envelope, and stamp for those races that are still stuck in the 1900's)
- Credit card (or check book)
- A good friend or relative with an antagonistic personality
- Copious amounts of your favorite alcohol
Step One: Explain the antagonist's role- to get you to sign up for the race.
Step Two: Go to race website registration page.
Step Three: Drink all of the alcohol.
Step Four: Let the antagonist work their magic.
Congratulations! You just signed up for your first ultra!
Now tell everyone you know. The more people you tell, the more social pressure you'll feel to follow through and not back out at the last minute.
Enter social networks.
Nothing makes a better Facebook post than “I just signed up for my first 50 miler!”