Back to my last topic- money in sport.
So yes money buys you fancy equipment, but my argument to Gordan today on our LSR is when does this become less about performance and more about a display of confidence, an illusion of sporting grandeur? When is this line crossed? and why? what does it say about that person's reasons for being in sport? The my bike is better than yours just frustrates me, from training in swimming and running where the primary reason you are fastest is because you have trained your body to be damned good at it, not because you have a £400 swimming costume on.
However the other side of this is, is that generally money buys quality. You need quality, well made trainers to prevent injury and horrendous blisters, decent pre and post nutrition and clothing that wicks away sweat to keep you comfortable over the miles you are covering. Yes, you need a bike that wont clunk and crunch on you after a mile and that has tyres that will give you speed. Although I must admit, I am never going to be able to afford a £1000+ bike, and even if I had that money, I have other things to spend it on first.
As a 23 year old young woman about to rent my first flat, still driving around in my parents second hand Jazz, and completing the first year of my career, I am finding the cost of sport/equipment a difficulty, a definite barrier. Yes I have a job where my salary is decent, but that money right now is needed elsewhere.
Maybe this is a reason people take up sport in their 30's+, not a 'mid-life crisis' just a time where money is more settled and can be spent on sport?
Then there is the option of sponsorship, I have mildly researched this, and definitely an option I am going to try, being such a chatter box and sport fanatic would be in definite attraction for a company. Despite this it is very daunting, more research needed!
Glad that rant is off my chest! :) x