I have the Ironman bug big-time. I know there are many Ironman-distance races that aren't sanctioned "Ironman" events. I'm wondering if anyone has done one of these? If so, what has been your experience? How do these compare to the "Ironman" corporate races?
I was targeting IM Florida in 2006 but after doing the math yesterday, I don't think my family budget is going to allow it until 2007 (especially because I want and am saving for a new tri bike first).
But there's an Ironman-distance race in Texas that's fairly new, and I know there are others around the country. Anyone had good experiences at these?
I guess the vanity side of me wants to do one of the "Ironman" sanctioned races simply for the extras, mostly fan support. But I guess at the end of the day, it's about you and pulling/pushing yourself through the distance, not about the over-priced sweatshirt you wear after.
But somehow I feel like if I do the distance, I want the full experience...fans, support and the over-priced logo merchandise.