Posted: Yesterday at 10:10
To be fair I rocked up on the Tri forum in Sept 2010 having only posted before in the Paris Marathon thread. There were plenty of people to shepherd me in the right direction (and warn me that my small budget would be stretched!) and nobody knew me from Adam.
I am sure there are others in the same position now so I'm reluctant to be dismissive of those who turn up on here out of the blue, but it seems like part of the message got lost along the way. When I joined I wanted to do an Ironman. I didn't have much clue. And I wanted to earn the kit.
There are people who turn up and want help and advice - that's great. And then the question is asked "What do I have to do to become a Pirate?". IMHO that's pretty much enough effort to justify the responses which are usually "There are no entry criteria... just the right attitude".
Now though there seem to be folks who've never posted on here, not introduced themselves, no effort whatsoever. They might have read a few threads and know that 'there are no rules' but does that make it okay for your first post (or near enough) being "Kit please"? I don't think so - and that's without considering the element of inconvenience and financial risk undertaken by those generous enough to volunteer their time and money on orders.