We all make sacrifices to participate in sports but performing at higher levels can require going above an beyond what is needed at the recreational level.
Ever stay at a shitty hotel by the train tracks because it was actually affordable?
Late night, long drives, or last minute travel instead of taking extra time off of work? I hit a deer while making an early morning drive when I could have taken a day off. Of course the insurance deductible is almost less $ than the vacation day.
Push the longevity of those tires, running shoes, clothing, drive train, etc (what crack?)... just a little too far and have issues during an important race or training session?
Any tips or interesting stories? for instance, I'm not a great sleeper so I don't really get a lot of value out of expensive hotels, so I camp for all of the races I do in the summer, and I splurged on a sleeping pad. Has keeping spending at a more sustainable level allowed you to stick with the sport (and ultimately spend way more money!) than just merely being one and done?