That's the trouble with big Ironman events like IM European Championship, Challenge Roth etc. They sell out so fast you really have to enter when the website opens, which is usually the day after the previous event! So you are entering a very expensive race a year in advance, not knowing if you will be fit to take part. Average entry fee is around 400 Euros! On top of that you've got travel and accommodation fees. So in one sense I am saving money by not being able to race IM any more. Entry fees for sprint and olympic triathlons range between 25 and 40 Euros, much more affordable.
Beautiful weather here today, off out with the dogs in a mo.