In the next few weeks, I will be running as part of an athletic competition. I will be in the 100 meter dash and the 100X4 relay. I have been running these races for a while now. But I notice, unless I am in the middle lanes, I always lose. Old timers have told me that the middle lane is blessed and that no one in the outside lanes ever wins. It has been like that since the dawn of time and it will be like that at the dusk of time. After watching the Olympics (even in swimming where everything is a straight shot but nobody in the outside lanes ever wins), I am convinced they are right. I could be wrong but me believes, all the races and world records were broken by middle laners. What is it about the middle lanes that make them special? What is it about the outside lanes that makes them a curse? Who decides what lane you run in? I am baffled. And strangely scared.