I raced a Sprint-Triathlon today with my brother and a friend of him.
And really the funniest but also – as a minimalist – most annoying part of it, was the pink swim cap.
When you enter a race, you get a lot of stuff for “free”. I paid a 35€ entry fee and thought: “I get there, I swim, I ride, I run, I shower and then I go home. I pay someone 35€ to organize a transition point and to get me food and drinks on the track. Plus I don’t have any logistical work there.” Looks like a reasonable price for me.
Then – today at 07.30 in the morning – I got a little bag from the race organizers with “items”. I opened it.
- a rubber bracelet
- electrolyte tablets
- a magazine
- commercial papers
- a race booklet
- two race numbers
- a sports shirt almost entirely out of commercial prints
- the timing chip
- the pink swim cap (Really beloved organizers? A pink swim cap?)
- and of course the bag itself
Eight out of this ten items were bullshit for me. I only wanted a race number and a timing chip. Because: When I enter a race, I already have all the other stuff!
But, I know, everyone loves to get things for “free”. So I’m not complaining here. It’s just: When you summ this 80% garbage up to 1200 athletes on that day, there’s a whole lot of money, time and room wasted.
What would you have kept?