COEUR D’ALENE – Three-time Ironman finisher Brian Harder is a local who has invested a lot of training, and money, in the sport.
The entry fee is $625, which must be paid well in advance. In fact, Harder plans to sign up for Ironman Coeur d’Alene 2014 this Saturday. Lucky for Harder, his employer agreed to sponsor his entry fee this year.
Harder estimates he’s put $4,000 into his bike, spent $200 for running shoes, nearly $600 on a new wetsuit.
Add to that additional nutrition: the past five weeks Harder has been eating the same foods that will be available on race day, costing him an estimated extra $100 a week, not to mention the extra groceries he’s been adding to the cart since he started training in December.
“I’m not sure what I did to my grocery bill ‘cause there were a few weeks there where, if I saw something, it was usually going in my mouth,” Harder said.
Altogether, that’s about $6,000 Harder has paid to compete.
One spot he’ll see savings is in the travel cost category, since he’s a local. He estimates he’s saving another couple thousand dollars there. One visiting couple from Tokyo paid $2,800 for their plane ticket alone.