The Art of Snot Rockets

It was during a two-hour ride three years ago now, I decided to practice my snot rockets.  I had never really understood the concept of snot rockets and crinkled my forehead in disgust at those who did such a thing.

I mean, who would blow their nose without a tissue?  EWWW, gross!

I was so repulsed, in fact, that one boy we used to run with was aptly named “snot boy.”  We always made sure to run in front of him so we didn’t wear his snot during some point in our run when he’d let one fly.

Well, my attitude has changed a bit on this subject…

…so much so in fact, that I’m now a snot rocket believer!  It is an important and necessary skill one all should master if competing in triathlons.  I never realized how important until my first 1/2 Ironman – the Oliver Half Ironman in 2010.  I found myself wiping my nose on the back on my hands a million times while biking and I thought I was going to rub my nose raw.

I passed a gal who blew a great one and I actually complimented her on it.

I was in snot rocket … ENVY —  I wanted to be able to do that, but I had no idea how.

So, I started to practice.

Like any skill, it takes practice to master.

I’ll admit, I have practiced a lot of snot rockets the past few years and I still pretty much suck at it.  My snot doesn’t blow sideways, it’s … it’s … hmmm …. like the spray nozzle on a bottle of Windex.  You can choose the stream or the spray.  The stream is a lot of liquid coming out at the same time and generally goes in one spot, where you aim it.  The spray tab is a finer liquid, spreading in a wider diameter to cover more surface area.  My nose happens to like the spray feature, as I end up wearing most of my snot on my cheek, shoulder, hair, etc.

But, I’m really trying to get the stream going!

On this day though, I used more pressure on my left nostril and blew with such a might that my snot rocket was pure perfection!  I did it!  I did it!  And, I’m not wearing it!  It was the stream I had been hoping for.

And, OH, how I can breathe again because my nose is clear.

Hooray!

I try the other side, BINGO! Another perfect rocket.

I can do this!

I go about 20 more miles and decide to try again.  Ready, inhale, blow ….

SPLAT!

Ewww! Spray.  Dang spray!  It’s all over my face and half is still hanging from my nose.  So disgusting!

I’m not defeated however, I will keep practicing.

I’m just hoping it’s not faulty packaging. 😉

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9 thoughts on “The Art of Snot Rockets

  1. I can’t agree more about another rockets being an essential triathlon skill. It took me a while before i could reliably get OvER my shoulder and not ON my shoulder and still hold a straight line on the bike.

    once i nailed it, it was a very special day.

  2. Kurlycakes

    I have yet to try it on my bike however I’ve mastered it on my run! Why I took “going Green” to a whole new level last weekend during the Austin Half Marathon!

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