PSOF Championships 2013 - Challenge Henley

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Bouncing Barlist    pirate
24/05/2012 at 11:57

Cost is obviously a consideration but should it be the overriding one?  We've been abroad many times before, im not sure that an extra £400-£500 (flights, higher race entry) has or should be an overriding consideration?, but it is there to weigh up with other factors.

I guess the other factors for me cant easily be counted in the same way as money. 

- Staying in a hotel in a foreign city ive never been to before with a few dozen other nutters, exploring new places.
- Getting lapped by the top pro's (letching at Chrissie)
- Being buzzed by helicopters during the swim start, having a huey and camera crew flying alongside me during a climb at Lanza
- 100'000+ people on the course supporting
- Crazy crowds parting in front of you as you climb 'The Beast' or X hill.
- Massive Ironman Expo, finishline crowds,
- 2500 people at the swim start
- Full closed roads
- Higher liklihood for warmer weather


IronM.in    pirate
24/05/2012 at 12:01

I utterley agree, Coach. Just had my sensible head on for a moment there. Fret not, I've taken it off again. If we were to do abroad in 2014, I'd quite like Challenge Vichy to be in the mix too. Or next year. That said, Sweden could be fun. Downside of Henley of course is it might be cold....

Let's face it - if there's a fence knocking about, I'll sit on!

Bouncing Barlist    pirate
24/05/2012 at 12:10

No doubt we'll put it to the vote and Meldy will decide

seren nos    pirate
24/05/2012 at 12:22

its not just the flights for abroad though

Hotel costs
 travel insurance
all food and drink
motel night before flying
car parking at airport
passport
currency exchange 

and i think a few more 

 

where as in this country you can just turn up with your tent and the contents of your food and drinks cupboards.......

 

But I do agree that there is something brilliant about an overseas one................It will be interesting to see the atmosphere at Outlaw with a large homegrown one..........and the home ones are definitely easier to get a few days off to support at or get your family too

24/05/2012 at 12:34

Mmm Vichy.. quality spectating place.. cheap wine, great food and sun....

Doozer.    pirate
24/05/2012 at 12:50

I can completey understand the cost point of view from everyone concerning various events.  I certainly dont have the kind of funds others have to race around the world.  That said, triathlon is an expensive sport and it is your choice to take part or not. 

seren nos    pirate
24/05/2012 at 13:01

UI.you should yhave waited for the travelodge sale

Dubai Dave    pirate
24/05/2012 at 13:46

DtS Remember the Retirement before you get all dewy eyed about Vichy! Have to say Sweden is almost tempting, as is the Hemley 1/2 IM

24/05/2012 at 13:58

I did say supporting at Vichy... would make for a nice camping trip... few glasses of wine, watch a few nutters..

24/05/2012 at 14:02

UIW - Travelodge in Dover overlooks West Harbour where all the UK channel swimmers train - 5 min walk from the ferry terminals

24/05/2012 at 14:04
Dubai Dave wrote (see)

DtS Remember the Retirement before you get all dewy eyed about Vichy! Have to say Sweden is almost tempting, as is the Hemley 1/2 IM

fuck me guys - it's taken me 2 returns to make sure my 3rd retirement sticks.  you're mere neophytes in this retirement lark!!   and I think Pebble has retired 8 times to my knowledge!!

24/05/2012 at 14:15

I did say I had retired after IMUK 2010.... So have one retirement in the bag

Gyraffe    pirate
24/05/2012 at 14:17

Just adding my two pence worth. In terms of affordability, it's not so much the cost of events but the cost of living that is the problem. With hikes in food and petrol prices there's not a lot left to spend on having fun. Added to that, the choice of high profile events in this country is much greater now than it was a few years ago, so there are good reasons to stay in the UK as well as obstacles to going abroad. 

I could be very tempted to do a UK based long distance and a mediterranean half.

Edited: 24/05/2012 at 14:17
IronM.in    pirate
24/05/2012 at 14:23

I echo what Waff says - whilst, yes it is a choice to take part or not, when I started out in this, the cost of living was a lot cheaoer - even if it didn't seem so at the time! The national and international fiscal situation affects us all, on one level or another.

Dubai Dave    pirate
24/05/2012 at 15:53

MMmm Spectating at Vichy almost tempting, I haven'y actually managed any previous retirements so I guess I might have to do one more IM yet! 

Bouncing Barlist    pirate
24/05/2012 at 15:59

I trust all those arguing for the events to be UK based will be signing up

Bouncing Barlist    pirate
24/05/2012 at 16:04

Anyway, we should get back to 2013.

Who's going to nail their colours to the mast?

I'll start a list, you can add events & your names if youre 'interested' (not committed) to any?

I'll start the ball rolling:


2013 B Movie Event (Extravalanza's obviously next years blockbuster )

Challenge Henley
?
?



Doozer.    pirate
24/05/2012 at 16:07
Bouncing Barlist wrote (see)

Anyway, we should get back to 2013.



Is that not move forward to 2013??? I know you have many talents, have you added timetravel

Bouncing Barlist    pirate
24/05/2012 at 17:30
Doozer. wrote (see)
Bouncing Barlist wrote (see)

Anyway, we should get back to 2013.



Is that not move forward to 2013??? I know you have many talents, have you added timetravel

I was in 2014

M...eldy    pirate
24/05/2012 at 18:46

My colours may be on two masts in 2013



Thats if I survive 2012  



(i have asked for the thread name to reflect <<cough>> our decision by the way)

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