Admit it, if you had to train for a canoe race, there’d be certain things you’d focus on.  And, if the instructions to the race were in a language that you have not been seen using in this particular comic strip, you might not work out that there was more to the canoe race than, say, racing canoes.  So, if you were, let’s suppose, in the middle of said canoe race, and making your way toward the big red banner on the other side of the lake and going well, you might not have any reason to suppose that anyone would suddenly reveal that you would shortly be loading a bike in your boat, donning  a blindfold, and trying to make your way BACK across the lake on verbal commands.

In fact, you might be stunned at the information.

And you’d want people to cut you a little slack about it, probably.