I started doing triathlon last year at the age of 40, with a supersprint, and this year upgraded to a sprint. I was very overweight and suffer with a chronic pain condition. The training in itself has helped with my condition massively, I have lost weight and I love triathlon. The people are what make it so good - your fellow athletes (and all of the marshalls/volunteers) are so supportive and generally friendly, but the biggest thing by far for me is the crowd support - it's immense and the buzz you get from it is amazing. It never fails to amaze me that people who don't even know me are cheering and willing me on to succeed.
Perhaps to keep your mind focused you should actually enter an event - there's nothing like a deadline to motivate you to train.
I didn't say it was their fault and I made that point to the chaps who emailed me. It wasn't obvious where we were supposed to get our stuff from and I only found out by speaking to another competitor.
Ultimately, all I want is what I paid for, not too much to ask I think.
Thanks FB - I did manage to get a response from Zone3 yesterday, whining that I shouldn't be blaming them and it's not their fault!!!! Typically good customer service. Anyway, they're apparently waiting for a response from the event organiser on what to do with uncollected items.............. I wished them luck!!
I'll keep the details you've posted though just in case I still haven't received my merchandise in the next week or so!
I bought a t-shirt and the iTab in good faith - at no point did I see anywhere any information about where to pick them up, so (wrongly and obviously naively) assumed they would be given to me at registration. With everything going on that weekend, and the terrible organisation, I totally forgot to ask someone where I get it from.
I will email Zone3 again - see if they will reply or if anyone has a phone number that would be great.