I received an email today about an Ironman 70.3 in Kansas for only $225. The first thought that came to mind was why anyone would want to pay $225 to do a swim, bike, and run all in the same day in Kansas and how I can get in on that racket. Granted, parts of KC are cool, but there are lots of places the lemming would go before Kansas.
But triathletes are a different bunch, and thinking like a triathlete, if I was faced with the decision of going to Kansas to do a triathlon or competing against JTT in the Escape from Alcatraz, I'd pick swimming with the sharks and the humiliation from JTT when my bike handling skills failed to compensate for my lack of fitness without a second thought.
Being easily amused has its perks though. I started looking around the site, amusing myself that "Over 1,800 athletes including 50 Professionals will compete for 50 Ironman World Championship 70.3 slots at Ironman 70.3 Kansas." It dawned on me that the 50 slots given away were probably the key motivators for the race. Like wolves thinning out the herd, people going for the little 70.3 big time might assume that Kansas is their best shot out of them all, at least I would. Problem is so does everyone else.
Just when I was about to close out of the site, I found this little gem in the FAQ:
Can I use a recumbent bike?
Not only are recumbents not allowed, the word NO is capitalized as to shout NO! when answering. It appears that even triathletes have standards and for all of their goofiness, even they can't "handle" recumbents. Mountain bikes with slicks are ok, but no relaxed seated bikes, who is the next victim of this discrimination? I have no solid reason as to why this is enforced, perhaps no place to mount aero bars?
It's unfortunate really, there could be hours of drunken entertainment on the odd sports channel if more recumbents were allowed in large events. Just think of recumbent downhill mountain bike racing and the chaos that would ensue. Imagine the time trial in the Tour of California and the comments from Craig Hummer about the enclosed plastic fairing. The large packs and spectacular crashes in crits would be way more entertaining when a bunch of recumbents mix it up.