Having experienced both Ironman and a non-Ironman iron distance event this year, I would say the opposite is for triathlon for me. Ever since I tiptoed into triathlon years ago I have found the sport to be unbelievably intimidating. I think it's the equipment. I lovingly refer to triathletes as sheep. Yes sheep. :) Triathletes tend to follow trends and hold onto them very tightly. The gajillion dollar bikes. The compression socks. The sperm helmets. If they can afford it, they've got it. The other part that's been intimidating to me is the speed at which triathletes can bike. Seriously, how can you do that? Oh yeah, I know. You can't run. :) See you on the run, sucka!
Anyway, getting back to Ironman and Rev3. There were things I liked and thought needed work for both races.
- Community supported. I'm convinced that a large portion cheering on the course were not family and friends of those doing the race.
- Volunteers aplenty. More volunteers than racers. 'Nuff said.
- Established. There will be another Ironman.
- Having to decide a year in advance if you want to do the event with no escape plan.
- To me, it's a big spectacle that makes a person like me very, very nervous.
- Corporate greed. 'Nuff said. :)
- Small and friendly. It felt like a hometown race instead of a big spectacle.
- Not as many volunteers as IM, but friendly and super-knowledgeable.
- Family friendly. Yep, you can cross that finish line with the ones who supported you.
- There's a half option if that full is just too much for you.
- The swag is much better and FREE!
- Not as many volunteers so there weren't things like wetsuit strippers.
- Not every aid station had everything.
- The finish line was fabulous, however, I'm not really sure why it had to be IN the amusement park. For those of us who didn't have park passes, it wasn't very accessible and not a lot of space to watch.
With all this said, IF I decided to tri again next year it will be at Rev3 Cedar Point. I was much less nervous there and felt at home. To each his own...