It was going to become my tradition.
My first triathlon was a women's only, .25-mile swim, 12-mile bike and 2-mile run. It was the inaugural Tri for the Cure and it was a life changing day for me. As soon as I finished the race, I began thinking of finishing it the next year - with better times.
I signed up for it again the following year and killed it. I improved my time overall by approximately 25%. Another great day at Alum Creek.
I was planning on always doing this triathlon no matter what my schedule, to establish it as my own, little, triathlon tradition.
I went to register for it recently, wanting to take advantage of the early registration prices, only to discover that the early registration fee, that had been $45, was now $65.
So much for saving money.
I understand costs go up for businesses. I understand that 75% of the money goes toward a good cause. I understand that, compared to other regions in this great country, pricing for triathlon registration fees is very good to us here in Ohio.
I also believe in the free market. This is a good race company, but they've increased the price past my threshold. So, as a result, I have taken this race off my schedule.
If I were to sign up for this Sprint race on race day, the price would be the same as my half iron distance race later on this year.
So much for a tradition being born.
I'm optimistic, though. Another jewel of a race could catch my eye, or I might just do an open water swim race that I might not have done had this been on my schedule.
Give me a cloud, I'll give you a silver lining.
Give me a price increase like that, I won't give you my dollars.