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In reference to the what is weird about you thread...<br><br>
Lots of us have OCD traits...mine is I have to be "even" whether it's fixing Sheldon's math to have an even workout (2450 yards in the pool REALLY bothers me) or if I get kissed on one toe...Mr. Tithers must kiss the same toe on the opposite foot the same way the original toe was kissed.<br><br>
People are setting alarms 10x...etc.<br><br>
I guess what I'm trying to say is you gotta be obsessive to be a good triathlete. That's all.
 

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Wouldn't triathlons bother you....being 3 sports instead of 2 or 4? <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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I agree. I also set multiple alarms, and I must have at least one clock set to the absolute correct time. I mean as close as I can get it, calling the number for 'time' which beeps every 10 seconds. When it comes to the next minute then I hit the number to make sure that clock is exact. But on all other clocks in home and car, the clock must be set 8 minutes fast. Not 9, not 7, not 10. 8. I have the snooze on my primary alarm set at 4 minutes, so I can hit it twice (which I usually do) for 8 minutes. It doesn't matter that the one other clock also goes of 4 minutes later than the first alarm, I get up turn that one off, and hit the 4 minute snooze on the primary alarm. I find I'm getting fatigued on my runs when I catch myself counting rhythms of 4 and 8 steps. I figure it must have something to do with my early and long music training. Have I mentioned that I am an obsessive hand-washer? I often scrub each hand for a count of 8 seconds each front and back. When I apply the sanitizer 8 seconds rubbing the hands together. This is almost often subconsious, but I catch myself counting or keeping watch. 4's and 8's.
 

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I sing that damn abc song when I wash my hands. I set my clock in my car 8 minutes fast, the bedroom clock 15 minutes fast and my watch 5 minutes fast. I always know the exact time. DH always asks if it's real time or Karen time.<img alt="roll_eyes.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/roll_eyes.gif">
 

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No...b/c I usually only do long course and I'm exhausted by the time I'm done. Then the post-celebratory alcohol they give you...or the IV in the med tent makes up for any unevenness of the triathlon.
 

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Ha! Bedroom is 18 minutes fast, car is 9 minutes fast, training watch is as close to 'real' as I can get it<img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Watches (when I wear them are right on)<br>
Car is about 10 min fast.<br>
Alarm clock is 45 min fast......mistake at first, then I got used to it. Freaked out parents when they visited, though.<br>
TV is right on.
 

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My watch automatically sets itself with the atomic clock in Colorado. Knowing that my watch is correct makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.
 

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Here's another palindromic number issue again - I set my alarms to numbers that read the same forward & backward (mine is set to 5:15 AM every morning for work). When I'm away on work or races, I'll set my cell phone alarm (I'm actually more grateful for this feature than having the actual ability to call someone at hand) the same way.<br><br>
What was incredibly annoying was when I had my old manual Westclox as a backup - not only could I really not follow the number superstition, but also the ticking sound would echo through my room and help keep me up before race day. I would try to pile it with clothes so that the ticking sound would be muffled to tolerable levels, but not push down the alarm off plunger knob in the process.
 

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Oh yeah, I forgot to add my alarm clock time is 18 minutes ahead of the real time...it used to be 11 (palindromes again), but it runs a little fast so now it's up to 18.
 

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Setting clocks fast makes no sense to me. Snooze buttons make no sense to me. I've got an alarm clock that sets itself (by radio, like txdave's) so it's right on. I set it for the time I want to get up. When it goes off, I get out of bed. No need for snooze button or setting it ahead. What would be the point? If I wanted to sleep longer - why wouldn't I just set it later!?!?!?
 

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I still dont know why it takes more than 1 clock for you guys. clock goes off you jump up no need for a snooze button.
 

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For me...<br>
It's the "process of waking" that works.<br><br>
For most wakings, I need to drift to wakefulness....that's what snooze lets me do. And the TV as an alarm.<br><br>
Abrupt awakenings.....make for a grumpy Stitch. You've never seen me on an early morning ride to an airport...I tell ya...it ain't pretty!<br><br>
"Snooze" lets me get the last few seconds of the cool dream in.
 

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I have no clock issues other than I don't like to be late when I go anywhere. I almost always leave the house early so I don't have to feel rushed. My clocks are set to about the correct time, but they're not exact. They could be off a minute or so in either direction.<br><br>
Almost none of my rides or runs is exact distances. I usually just plan to complete a particular route regardless of how it turns out distance-wise. One of my regular running routes is 8.23 miles, another is 11.17. About the only time I obsess about the distance is when my Garmin is at x.99 miles and then I'll run the extra .01 which will take me past my house so I end a run by my neighbors.
 
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