Lets be honest here. The Ironman is the Holy Grail for all triathletes. We work hard at our sport to get us to the start line. Every triathlete has humble beginnings. We have all toed the line of our first Tri – whether it was a ‘try-a-tri’ or sprint, with butterflies in our stomachs hoping that this shell of neoprene will keep us afloat.
As we walked through and around the race site/transition, there it was, on a few of the athlete’s bodies. The M Dot. The tattoo of honour that those people had branded on themselves after becoming an Ironman. And you felt a little small. Not at any fault of the Ironman, because they looked at you, gave you a big smile and wished you luck. Small because you are feeling worried about doing a race that is an 8th of what they accomplished. But that in itself gave you a little boost. Hell, if that guy can do 8x what I’m about to do, I can certainly do it. Yes, even after that mouthful of water, dropped chain and rubber legs you did it. You’re a triathlete. But now, its not enough.
You have caught the bug – the disease of Triathlon. And this is where is all started.
Now a few years down the road, with many races under your belt and the confidence in your abilities, your ready. Ready to tackle the Iron distance. Whether you sign up for an Ironman or Iron distance, the road to get you there is all the same.
I came across this article today :
And thought. Oh holy Jesus. Are you FUCKING kidding me? $1000 – just to enter. That’s madness – this is not Sparta! Who has that kind of cash to spend? But then I thought of all the money I had invested and thought, is $1000 really that much in the grand scheme of an Ironman? As I stretched and sweated through hot yoga this morning I started to tab up the cost of this Iron Endeavor (If you begin to find your mind beginning to wander, come back to your breath --- Uh, ya, just after I calculate this total – I’m a bad yogi)
So lets begin:
Bathing suit & goggles right? HA! You’re not wearing just any joe bathing suit to the pool, its your new TYR. Its runs you about $60. Goggles. As stylish as the pink ones are with the octopus rims are, you’re a serious triathlete and only Sable ($50) will do. Pull boy, because no one want to put used pool equipment in-between their legs ($15). Motivation. That’s free right? Wrong. Because you wont motivate yourself the way a Master group will. And plus, its coached - $1000 for a year.
Done? Almost. The wetsuit. We’re mere mortals and no need for the Goldcell…Metalcell will do just fine $500.
Your old roadbeater just aint cutt’n it no’mo. You look at that aluminum frame with disgust. S – nothing, you’re a serious triathlete now. Nothing but Cervelo will do. And you got that raise at work – Its P3 time. (Last years model will suit you fine, that raise has not come through – yet - $4000). Your shoe sand clips, $250 all in. You can paint them a fancy colour to go faster. Safety-safety-safety: Helmet : Lets go for the Giro Atmos $160. No need for the silly tear drop helmet. Its not like your gonna WIN the damn Ironman (but yet so professional looking……)
Bike trainer – heres the doozy. You can be economical and just get a trainer for those winter months ($500) or get the Computrainer that lets you ride the course ($3000).
Oh, cant forget the cycling clothes and extra tires/tube, CO2 cartridges, ect- $500 sound fair?
The run. The most economical part of this tri. Your shoes $160. Your clothes $250.
Now – Nutrition. The GUs at $2 a pop or Roctanes at $4.50, Clif bars, power bars, E-discs, Cytomax, Heed, E Load, Protein shakes for the ride, after the ride and the Starbucks – ‘fuck ya we just rode 200k frappicinno with a scoup of protein in it because I smell like sweat and don’t care if I offend your olfactory sense you hipsters!’ ---Ah-hem……..or what ever you fancy ---- Once its all said and done $300. At least.
Now that you’re all geared up, there are the tune up races. $500.
Run/Multisport Club fees & or Clinics $200
Ok. Yes. Ok. Now your ready. Lets make it easy. Your going to sign up for a race – no need to volunteer the year before (though its good to volunteer for races your not participating in) – and your goal is the New York Ironman Race : $1000.
But if you don’t live in NY, you’ll most likely drive, with family, and make a mini holiday out of it. $2500 for gas, hotel, food and all that ‘Finisher’ swag.
The damage: $11,535.00
The race fee *ONLY * makes up 11%. Heres the bad news, I just smashed in your face the cost of triathlon. Its steep, and that can be hard on your wallet. What’s worse, your spouse just read this and has sold your gear and signed you up to a couple’s retreat with that hipster couple from Starbucks.