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I am certainly not a podium finisher, though I've made that my goal to shoot for in a couple more years of racing. For me, training and racing is about the experience...not about the place I finish in. Granted, I feel a bit better after the race if I do half-way decent, but losing...or DNF'ing has it's merits too. Sure, I could still do a race on the Sebring sitting in my garage, but if something makes the experience a little more pleasant, then why not go for it? If you're having fun, and you've got the cash (or your family), what's wrong with that?
It is said that if you want to know what you were doing in the past, look at your body now; if you want to know what will happen to you in the future, look at what your mind is doing now. - H.H. Dalai Lama
I started out as a swimmer and enjoyed the purity of it. No one could hide behind some equipment or no one did it as a hobby as some people claim when they buy expensive tri equipment. It was all about the pain. \
But what you talk about is all around society. I think there are a lot of posers for a lot of stuff.
I operate from a different angle than many but do not begrudge those that choose to see it another way. That is, I race a modified mid-priced road bike. I usually see a rack full of high priced trigeek machines when I come into T1 and an empty rack when I get off the bike. Maybe I use this as motivation to train harder than those guys with more money than fitness/ability. I wont put them down for spending the money but I do enjoy beating them. One day I will probably buy a tri specific but for now this seems to be working.
This thread is about people like Triathlete36 and yourself that act superior because they are faster than many others. I've been in the sport long enough (15 years) to know that quite a few fast age groupers think that all athletes faster than themselves are studs and all athletes slower than themselves are lame and, of course, poseurs if they happen to have nice bikes.
I so fully agree with one comment that said that the very best are usually humble. Most of the assholes are usually found in the top 10% of age groupers, where I would assume you and Triathlete36 usually finish races.
Francois in Montreal
PS: I did not say that all top 10% age groupers are assholes. In fact most of them are nice persons. I said that the assholes are overrepresented in this group.
To me the shame is that he stopped riding, not the bike or the $. From the tone of it he has the money and $5K isn't keeping food off his table. To me part of the problem is that their are two kinds of bikes -toys and the "real" bikes we use. Everyone knows a toy bike is under $100 so they cant under stand why you pay more. When someone in my office pays 40K for an SUV and I tell them their nuts you can get a hyundai for 10,000 people look at you like your an idiot, because they know the difference. My point is the middle class has a lot of leisure time and money. Some choose to spend it on travel, wine, golf, cars, women, triathlon, jewelry,whatever. Even on the high end triathlon is cheap.
I believe most of the bikes are actually in the $1800-$3000 range (lot of Ultegra in T1)
As to who the poser triathletes are...90% of the penalites or unfair practices for drafting are going to occur in your top 15% of athletes. My experience as a marshal is that mid to back o the pack are much cleaner riders and interested in a fair race (especially true at IMC)
I think the point is, if I've got the money I'll buy anything I please.
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Dude, you should make a P3 copy out of wood and actually ride it in a tri! That would be so cool. You might not be fast, but you would get mad props from everyone.