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Barry K - costs will include
Bike £500Wetsuit £200, or £50 hired.Entry £250Various bits of kit £200 (trainers, bike shoes, pedals, aerobars, helmet, water bottles and cages, speedo, pumps, air cylinders, inner tubes, energy drinks... actually, make that £300)Bike box £200, or you can grab some cardboard boxes from your LBS.Flight £100Accommodation £200
What does that lot come to? I'd say that's a fair reflection.
FerrousFerret wrote (see)
Google says that IMCH this year was 550CHF so about £275 at SwissBobby's exchange rate
I'll be on beans for months!
I'd say a total budget of closer to £1500, to include flights, accomodation and insurance is actually more realistic. Which, now I add it up, is about what Garr estimates. Dont forget paying for some open water swims, entry fees to cyclosportifs and/or a warm up half IM.
But another sort of "hidden" cost is also your increased food bill. I have been eating a LOT more than I did just marathon training - and it needs to be good quality food too. Sorry Nam, but beans alone aint gonna cut it!
(Although the resultant extra forward propulsion sometimes generated by excess consumption of beans might help with bursts of power?)
I never said it was not a lot of money...
I was showing how it could be reduced/spread into managable chunks... when I started doing IM my summer holidays was going to bala to do the half IM!!! and staying with family and friends round the UK. There are tricks to airfares too... look very carefully at the small print. Low Cost Airlines are not always so. Especially when they charge you for sport equipement and then limit you to the weight (15 kg for a bike in a box is not enough)
flyaway wrote (see)
Sorry Nam, but beans alone aint gonna cut it!(Although the resultant extra forward propulsion sometimes generated by excess consumption of beans might help with bursts of power?)
Sorry Nam, but beans alone aint gonna cut it!
Dosh problems are only temporary... Life should be back to normal by Christmas.
fat buddha wrote (see)
you'll probably find you'll become an eating machine as well as the training load increases
Ahh, brilliant minds....
FBs point made me think of something else though, Nam. If money is tight month to month, you might find yourself spending more in the long term because you cant afford savings. That sounds odd, but what I mean is, if, for example, you buy a whole box of Go gels from Wiggle at about £50, each gel costs you less than if you buy them individually. But if you have to live paycheck to paycheck, and you cant afford the £50 in one fell swoop, you'll end up spending more in the long term, buying 3 or 4 gels every week, as and when you need them. Same with things like Multi-tickets for swimming sessions or something. Plus, I have to pay to park at the pool on the Wirral, so thats a few extra pounds per week. Although the Aldershot one is free, so it balances out....
I dont think IM is something you can do if you have financial worries like a mortgage. It is expensive, no two ways about it. It would be awful to get to a month out, and need new trainers, and a bike service, and a new helmet or something and just not have the money.
Nam we can share some of the costs if you like - will ease my burden a bit too
Rio!! wrote (see)
LOL, we could bulk buy between the three of us...
Ratbag wrote (see)
or a wetsuit....but I might pay to watch you try!!!
hehehe.... ... how much??
Luckily we both already have one of those each
Oh so he did.
Where and when then Nam? Should we video it and put it up for auction? We might even pay all our costs on the proceeds
At the moment my Imagic has cost about £60 an hour, must use it more this winter..
In fact the bike is even worse at something like £500 an hour to date.
Bouncing Barlist wrote (see)
I reakon I spent £10000 on Ironman last year though I did 3 races and bought a very shiny new bike.