I have been a bit taken a back by how much this whole triathlon thing costs – Wes has been awesome about it, but it seems like we have too many outdoor hobbies sometimes!
Anyway, I decided to forgo the Crested Butte Xterra and save us $300+ between the entry fee, driving, food, etc…and sign up for the more local Indian Peaks Xterra in August. Wes and I are going to help out the whole race weekend with set-up, course marking, organization, etc…and I’m going to get either a free or lower cost entry fee. We love volunteering at races, and since we kind of have our eyes on getting back into race promotion, it’s a great learning opportunity also. Woo hoo! To top that off, we’ll either camp in the National Forest or stay with one of Wes’ co-workers for a nice weekend get-away. It may not be the way I normally spend the day before a race, but one upside is that I’ll know the course inside and out. If you want to come camp with us, let me know 🙂
So, my tip for today is to be creative when dealing with your budget. Work connections, ask your buddies, trade, look for alternatives to get you there, and most of all – don’t be afraid to ask. I think that works for just about everything.