Ironman Canada weekend is here!!! Before I start sharing stories about my race weekend experience I have to tell you about something that happened yesterday. After registering for the race Hubby and I decided to check out the packed merchandise tent. There is a lot of really nice stuff for sale and I quite like the bike jerseys this year. The plaid accent is a really nice touch! They have the jersey for sale in black, plus pink ones for the ladies and a powder blue one that I only saw in men’s sizes.
After picking out the swag that I wanted to buy Hubby and I stood in the long winding line to the cash register. A few folks back was a fellow clutching an armful of the blue men’s jerseys. He was wearing his triathlon team t-shirt and loudly proclaiming that he picked up all of the size large blue jerseys so that he could sell them on eBay for a profit. After all, with this now being the final year for Ironman Canada surely the demand for the $100 jerseys would be high.
This didn’t sit with me very well. I turned around and told him that he wasn’t being fair to all the people that are participating in the race and maybe couldn’t get to the merchandise tent right away. If you were doing this race and found out that all of the merchandise was gone to eBay hoarders before you were able to buy any it would be really disappointing. In response he mumbled that he planned to offer them to his teammates first if they wanted any…at cost. How generous of him.
As we slowly shuffled along toward the cash registers our favourite eBay hoarder decided to talk about the bike portion of Ironman Canada. In his opinion with so many people doing the race it was nearly impossible to not draft on the bike. He made it sound like you would be silly to not draft on the bike and why not take advantage?
If there is one thing my coach prides herself on, it is racing a clean race. She expects us as her athletes to do the same and many of us have called out drafters in races. For this guy to be wearing his team shirt and to be talking like this is shameful for his team and his coach.
If there is one thing that I love about triathlons it is how friendly and wonderful so many people in the sport are. Conversations in line ups start up as you ask where they are from and how come they decided to race Ironman Canada. To me this fellow was the epitome of unsportsmanlike conduct.