… And my money on my mind.”
I started this whole triathlon, swim/bike/run thing almost a year ago (April 17th to be exact, but who’s counting) when I was laying in bed reading a copy of Fitness magazine and saw an article that laid out a 12-week training program to race a sprint triathlon.
I rolled over and asked Deb, “Hey, want to do a triathlon with me?” She replied, “No, but you should do it.”
The next morning I registered for the Endless Summer Sprint Triathlon that was scheduled for July 14th. The registration fee was $75. The rest, as they say, is history.
To actually participate in that event, I made the following purchases:
- Running shoes ($125)
- A triathlon suit ($75)
- Goggles x 2 ($50)
- A training swim suit ($80)
- Body glide by the case ($30)
- 2 bike tuneups ($150)
- Race belt ($10)
- 3 pairs of ear buds ($75)
- Running shirts/shorts/socks ($100)
Grand total with registration fee: $770
That was my first clue that the registration fee is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the financial commitment involved in being a triathlete – and that was just a race that was being held 6 miles from my house!
Now I am starting to put together a race schedule for August, 2014 – November, 2015, and it is just a little bit frightening – and I’m just talking about the entry fees!
That’s over $1,600 in entry fees alone and only figures in the A-list races, not the myriad of other 5Ks, half marathons, sprint and olympic triathlons I would like to do along the way.
Destination races require transportation and lodging and meals. I will need a triathlon bike for FL 70.3 and IM-FL.
I think I am easily looking at over $10,000 in race-related expenses over the next 18 months.
So, it’s time to get busy and put together a plan for making this dream a reality.
This is MY baby and I have to figure out a way to pay for it, so figure it out I shall.
Anyone want to sponsor a slow, middle-aged wanna-be Ironman? 😉