I don't think its a stretch to make the assertion:
You are somewhat out of your mind if you are willing to pay $1200 for an Ironman race.
The common push-back I am getting is...well if I go to a race far away I need to spend money on airplanes, hotel, etc.. While there is some truth to this, there are plenty of people who live nearby NYC and are glad to pay a couple months of rent.
We are entering unchartered territory here folks.
$75 compression socks
$75 swimming goggles.
The list goes on...
Do triathletes have too much money in their pockets?