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The Dumbest Thing I've Ever Done

Posted on the 28 April 2013 by Fab40foibles @fab40foibles

Yesterday I did something so incredibly dumb I have to share it with you.

I drove a couple of hours away to run the Lausanne 20km race, it goes up and down around Lausanne old town, it was raining too.

That's dumb I agree but it got worse, much worse.

I followed all the deviation parking signs and found a cozy space on the edge of a car park.

I left the car and joined a  joyous crowd heading towards the stadium where the race started.

I won't bore you with the details of dashing around the town under the pouring rain, although I was very pleased with my time, and also very pleased to find a bag of warm clothes waiting for me after the finishing line.


I then followed the other bedraggled runners shuffling back to their cars, until the group thinned... and thinned.


Just before I ended up following some lone guy into his house I realised I was lost.


I had no idea where exactly I'd parked the car.


How dumb.


An hour after the race finished I was wandering around the town still in the rain, in the dark, mentally kicking myself, blubbering and shivering.


When I finally  found it I nearly kissed the damn thing.


They say there's no such thing as failure, just a learning experience.


I learnt something very important last night.


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