Hi everyone! I am a brand new triathlete...actually I'm not sure if I can call myself that since I haven't raced yet, but I have started training. I was looking into registering for some triathlons coming up this summer, but I have to admit I was really taken back by the registration fees. The scary thing for me is that for the USAT sponsored races, if the race is canceled or I can't make it, I cannot get my money back.
That's a concern for me because I live in New England where the weather is particularly crappy and always unpredictable, plus I get nervous making a big commitment like that several months ahead of time. For most of these races the cost goes up as you get closer to race day, and you never know when registration will fill up. Does anyone have any advice in terms of saving money or protecting yourself from "Acts of God"? I know some of the top racers are probably sponsored, but I just want to do this for recreational purposes. Are there any services that could help me protect my investment? I'm no Warren Buffett if you know what I mean.