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For some people that's a drop in the ocean for the experience!  If it was for me I'd do that in a heartbeat, and anyone who wanted to complain to me would get a "suck it up buttercup" response while my chauffeur drove me away in my Bentley. 

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44 minutes ago, goughy said:

For some people that's a drop in the ocean for the experience!  If it was for me I'd do that in a heartbeat, and anyone who wanted to complain to me would get a "suck it up buttercup" response while my chauffeur drove me away in my Bentley. 

Correct. A couple of my buddies in the USA offered to chip in & buy me a spot a couple of years ago. 

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1 hour ago, Bored@work said:

Correct. A couple of my buddies in the USA offered to chip in & buy me a spot a couple of years ago. 

You'd feel like a cheap whore if you took it - no such thing as a free lunch 👉👌

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5 minutes ago, AP said:

You'd feel like a cheap whore if you took it - no such thing as a free lunch 👉👌

No I wouldn't. I just don't want to race Kona.

We raced Ironman Louisville the day before instead. It was a great race & lovely place to visit. Dropped past Colonial Sanders grave & paid our respects and thanked the man for the great chicken. Tuesday nights they have all you can eat KFC for $10. Good times.

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23 minutes ago, AP said:

You'd feel like a cheap whore if you took it - no such thing as a free lunch 👉👌

Just about anyone else would have jumped at it.  B@ had said many times that Kona holds no mystique for him, and this would prove it.  I'd have taken it, and wouldn't have batted an eye at it. It's not the Olympics, it's just a companies end of series race.  And it would have been my only chance to go!

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1 hour ago, goughy said:

Just about anyone else would have jumped at it.  B@ had said many times that Kona holds no mystique for him, and this would prove it.  I'd have taken it, and wouldn't have batted an eye at it. It's not the Olympics, it's just a companies end of series race.  And it would have been my only chance to go!

Exactly it being a free race had nothing to do with it. I took up Ironmanfoz's offer to race in the USA.

 

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Given bored@ has well and truely qualified to go to Kona under the legacy rule, 21 Ironmans I think. 

So if he wanted to do Kona that way he could. 

Despite what some people think.  There is more races and more to life than Kona. 

its not even a real world championships 

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3 minutes ago, Peter said:

Given bored@ has well and truely qualified to go to Kona under the legacy rule, 21 Ironmans I think. 

So if he wanted to do Kona that way he could. 

Despite what some people think.  There is more races and more to life than Kona. 

its not even a real world championships 

I would have qualified at Arizona (I raced in the CEO category) but I was 300km away from roll downs the next day at Davis-Monthan airforce base watching A10-Warthogs do touch & go's.

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2 hours ago, Bored@work said:

I would have qualified at Arizona (I raced in the CEO category) but I was 300km away from roll downs the next day at Davis-Monthan airforce base watching A10-Warthogs do touch & go's.

That sounds like something that you definitely wont regret not doing when you are on your death bed (probably after doing a VO2 session on Kickr (and not getting struck by lightning while riding in the rain)).

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I reckon I heard a pretty similar line to bored@works from fitness buddy many moons ago ...

Decided he probably shouldn't go on a date with Elle MacPherson because he wasn't a fan of pizza.

 

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2 hours ago, Ruley said:

I reckon I heard a pretty similar line to bored@works from fitness buddy many moons ago ...

Decided he probably shouldn't go on a date with Elle MacPherson because he wasn't a fan of pizza.

 

The CEO challenge is the easiest way to get a spot $10k entry fee & your chances of getting a spot are increased significantly.  

Watching my Dads reaction as we walked around the museum & boneyard tour, means more to me than racing Kona 

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2 hours ago, Ruley said:

I reckon I heard a pretty similar line to bored@works from fitness buddy many moons ago ...

Decided he probably shouldn't go on a date with Elle MacPherson because he wasn't a fan of pizza.

 

snorted my tea

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Just read the T&C on the CEO Spots. If you qualify for a CEO spot, you have to race Kona in the CEO class.  So that's another $12,500k USD.

So it will still cost $22,500k to go. Gee they are good at getting the $$ out of people.

I noticed one of the races only had 10 people in the category.

Two of my friends (husband & wife) race in the CEO challenge every time they race. Its an amazing experience but it's not worth the money. But for them they couldn't be stuffed lining up to register, checking in their bikes and collecting all their gear etc. So they are paying for someone else to do it.

*edited to change the kona spot to 12.5k

 

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A little bit more reading & they have added a bonus spot to the

"PR Challenge Slot- One (1) additional IRONMAN World Championship slot will be awarded at each full-distance IRONMAN XC Series Event in 2018 to the athlete with the Most Improved Personal Record.

Originally from: http://ap.ironman.com/triathlon/organizations/ironman-xc/kona-70.3-wc-slots/ironman-world-championship-kona.aspx#ixzz5DlMySrkL"

If it's your first race, set a slow time & then race again to smash your PB & you have a spot for Kona.

& this gem:

*Note: IRONMAN reserves the right to modify the roll-down procedure for XC World Championship slots.

Originally from: http://ap.ironman.com/triathlon/organizations/ironman-xc/kona-70.3-wc-slots/ironman-world-championship-kona.aspx#ixzz5DlNdJoDE
 

Money talks!!!!!

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4 hours ago, Ex-Hasbeen said:

She's too old for him.

She's not too old for me!! 

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1 hour ago, Bored@work said:

A little bit more reading & they have added a bonus spot to the

"PR Challenge Slot- One (1) additional IRONMAN World Championship slot will be awarded at each full-distance IRONMAN XC Series Event in 2018 to the athlete with the Most Improved Personal Record.

Originally from: http://ap.ironman.com/triathlon/organizations/ironman-xc/kona-70.3-wc-slots/ironman-world-championship-kona.aspx#ixzz5DlMySrkL"

If it's your first race, set a slow time & then race again to smash your PB & you have a spot for Kona.

& this gem:

*Note: IRONMAN reserves the right to modify the roll-down procedure for XC World Championship slots.

Originally from: http://ap.ironman.com/triathlon/organizations/ironman-xc/kona-70.3-wc-slots/ironman-world-championship-kona.aspx#ixzz5DlNdJoDE
 

Money talks!!!!!

I saw myself tanking. 

Then training for one. 

 

Either way it's a crock 

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1 hour ago, Bored@work said:

A little bit more reading & they have added a bonus spot to the

"PR Challenge Slot- One (1) additional IRONMAN World Championship slot will be awarded at each full-distance IRONMAN XC Series Event in 2018 to the athlete with the Most Improved Personal Record.

Originally from: http://ap.ironman.com/triathlon/organizations/ironman-xc/kona-70.3-wc-slots/ironman-world-championship-kona.aspx#ixzz5DlMySrkL"

If it's your first race, set a slow time & then race again to smash your PB & you have a spot for Kona.

& this gem:

*Note: IRONMAN reserves the right to modify the roll-down procedure for XC World Championship slots.

Originally from: http://ap.ironman.com/triathlon/organizations/ironman-xc/kona-70.3-wc-slots/ironman-world-championship-kona.aspx#ixzz5DlNdJoDE
 

Money talks!!!!!

This is so made for Greyman.  

Forster 2005. 

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10 hours ago, Peter said:

This is so made for Greyman.  

Forster 2005. 

But that means he'd have to go faster than his 2005 time 😳

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2 hours ago, The Customer said:

But that means he'd have to go faster than his 2005 time 😳

Wouldnt be hard ;) 

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2 hours ago, The Customer said:

But that means he'd have to go faster than his 2005 time 😳

No he won't, to be nice the Ironman corp reset all PR from 2011 onwards. 

Its all about getting more money and has nothing to do with Kona. 

People like to bang on about Kona being the holy grail of the sport but it's just another race. It's like the Nike Air Jordan III I want to buy at $4500. No different to the $350 Jordans, same shoes, same comfort etc. It's just not everyone can get a pair. 

 

 

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People like to bang on about Kona being the holy grail of the sport but it's just another race. It's like the Nike Air Jordan III I want to buy at $4500.

Yeah - and Elle's pizza was probably not that good anyway 😜

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3 hours ago, AP said:

Yeah - and Elle's pizza was probably not that good anyway 😜

I would walk away if she ordered a pizza with pineapple on it. 

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1 hour ago, Bored@work said:

I would walk away if she ordered a pizza with pineapple on it. 

Me too - a crime against Italian food 🙄 

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23 minutes ago, AP said:

Me too - a crime against Italian food 🙄 

I think we have found some common ground. This could be the start of a special friendship.

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14 minutes ago, Bored@work said:

I think we have found some common ground. This could be the start of a special friendship.

Maybe you could go to Kona and consummate it.

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Back to the cost. This is about what we were paying in school fee. One has finished, the second end of next year. So 2020 i could get something out of the same money. May mean putting of buying the boat for another year. 

 

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On 26/04/2018 at 5:56 PM, Bored@work said:

A little bit more reading & they have added a bonus spot to the

"PR Challenge Slot- One (1) additional IRONMAN World Championship slot will be awarded at each full-distance IRONMAN XC Series Event in 2018 to the athlete with the Most Improved Personal Record.

Originally from: http://ap.ironman.com/triathlon/organizations/ironman-xc/kona-70.3-wc-slots/ironman-world-championship-kona.aspx#ixzz5DlMySrkL"

If it's your first race, set a slow time & then race again to smash your PB & you have a spot for Kona.

& this gem:

*Note: IRONMAN reserves the right to modify the roll-down procedure for XC World Championship slots.

Originally from: http://ap.ironman.com/triathlon/organizations/ironman-xc/kona-70.3-wc-slots/ironman-world-championship-kona.aspx#ixzz5DlNdJoDE
 

Money talks!!!!!

With an estimated net worth of ~$95m, if you struck up a rapport with Elle over dinner I reckon she could sort a Kona spot for you no worries...

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I would go in a heart beat if given the chance. Unfortunately that the problem, my heart beat won’t let me. 

Halves are at present my only option and that might finish next year.  Do what you want to do when you can. 

FM

 

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7 hours ago, AP said:

Me too - a crime against Italian food 🙄 

Neither of you two really want it bad enough...

I'd give up one of my Hawaii's for a date

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12 hours ago, Ruley said:

Neither of you two really want it bad enough...

I'd give up one of my Hawaii's for a date

Yeah it's alright for you to offer one of your Hawaii finishes, but I'm too old to be of any use to her - and B@W doesn't have a Hawaii finish to give up 😀

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2 hours ago, AP said:

Yeah it's alright for you to offer one of your Hawaii finishes, but I'm too old to be of any use to her - and B@W doesn't have a Hawaii finish to give up 😀

There is more to life than kona. 

Nb ive done it. Or should i say, it did me. 

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I took a spot via the eBay auction last year, didn't pay as much as this one went for, but it was significant.

Still conflicted about the whole thing, even 6 months after I finished the race. However, I don't regret doing it.

I will write a review one day and post it in race reports.

 

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1 hour ago, Froudie said:

I took a spot via the eBay auction last year, didn't pay as much as this one went for, but it was significant.

Still conflicted about the whole thing, even 6 months after I finished the race. However, I don't regret doing it.

I will write a review one day and post it in race reports.

 

I wouldnt be upset. 

About 400 don’t qualify to start kona. 

You did it. You finished it. 

Bucket list - tick. 

Next stop Roth. 

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I've obviously never been to Kona, and will never be fast enough to go. But from watching telecasts online etc, I can't get my head around how people are finishing anywhere near the 17 hour mark? How many 'non qualifying' spots are there?? I couldn't see how anyone could qualify in any age group slower that 10-11 hours max, but it's seems there are age groupers out there all night? 

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20 minutes ago, The new guy said:

I've obviously never been to Kona, and will never be fast enough to go. But from watching telecasts online etc, I can't get my head around how people are finishing anywhere near the 17 hour mark? How many 'non qualifying' spots are there?? I couldn't see how anyone could qualify in any age group slower that 10-11 hours max, but it's seems there are age groupers out there all night? 

There are about 400 non qualifying spots each year. 

And it’s farking hard. 

I cant believe people can run so fast there. 

It’s a hard course and anyone that finishes at any time is impressive. 

I hang shit on AP all the time but it’s pretty amazing For anyone to finish  

the year I did it, it wasn’t windy  but it was hot  coming out of the energy lab at about 5pm the temp was 46c 

There is a saying that getting to the start line of an Ironman is the hard part. 

Re Kona. It’s getting to the finish line. 

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2 hours ago, Froudie said:

I took a spot via the eBay auction last year, 

Still conflicted about the whole thing

 

Time to end that.  You have nothing to feel conflicted about.  They offered a spot up, you took it.  What's wrong with that?  If you didn't take it someone else would have!

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8 minutes ago, goughy said:

Time to end that.  You have nothing to feel conflicted about.  They offered a spot up, you took it.  What's wrong with that?  If you didn't take it someone else would have!

Agree, good on you. 

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30 minutes ago, Peter said:

There are about 400 non qualifying spots each year. 

And it’s farking hard. 

I cant believe people can run so fast there. 

It’s a hard course and anyone that finishes at any time is impressive. 

I hang shit on AP all the time but it’s pretty amazing For anyone to finish  

the year I did it, it wasn’t windy  but it was hot  coming out of the energy lab at about 5pm the temp was 46c 

There is a saying that getting to the start line of an Ironman is the hard part. 

Re Kona. It’s getting to the finish line. 

Nah.

You're just soft.

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32 minutes ago, Ex-Hasbeen said:

Nah.

You're just soft.

I wasn’t back then. 

Now. Sure. 

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On ‎26‎/‎04‎/‎2018 at 12:11 PM, Bored@work said:

I would have qualified at Arizona (I raced in the CEO category)...

CEO Category???

Ok, so there's Pro Spots, Previous Winners, Age Group Qualifiers, Military Service Spots, Para Athletes, Celebrities, CEO Qualifiers, Legacy Spots, Charity Spots and Auction Spots available that I know of...  Just how many different ways are there to get into this 'World Championships' event??? :huh:

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6 hours ago, Go Easy said:

CEO Category???

Ok, so there's Pro Spots, Previous Winners, Age Group Qualifiers, Military Service Spots, Para Athletes, Celebrities, CEO Qualifiers, Legacy Spots, Charity Spots and Auction Spots available that I know of...  Just how many different ways are there to get into this 'World Championships' event??? :huh:

Let's just say for WTC it is always N+1 if there is a buck in it

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8 hours ago, Go Easy said:

CEO Category???

Ok, so there's Pro Spots, Previous Winners, Age Group Qualifiers, Military Service Spots, Para Athletes, Celebrities, CEO Qualifiers, Legacy Spots, Charity Spots and Auction Spots available that I know of...  Just how many different ways are there to get into this 'World Championships' event??? :huh:

Sponsors, employees of Wtc, officials from other events, medical spots. 

I had a mate that worked for timex that did it 3times. 

I have a friends wife that’s done it as she’s a nurse. You can go a few days before and I think it’s a 2day conference and then help on race day and you can race the following year. 40 slots there. 

I was offered a spot a couple of years back as a mate of mine works for Wtc in USA. I turned it down. I’ve had my turn. Others can go and have their dream.  

I remember back when snap printing sponsored busso that the owner got 2 spots to Kona each year for him and a mate or brother. Can’t remember exact details. Or the guy from Minolta that went to Kona every year from sponsoring Forster Ironman. 

If you really want to go, there are heaps of ways other than qualifying. 

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9 hours ago, Go Easy said:

CEO Category???

Ok, so there's Pro Spots, Previous Winners, Age Group Qualifiers, Military Service Spots, Para Athletes, Celebrities, CEO Qualifiers, Legacy Spots, Charity Spots and Auction Spots available that I know of...  Just how many different ways are there to get into this 'World Championships' event??? :huh:

Don't forget if you know someone on the local council spot. I have heard IM have given spots away just to keep the local Mayor happy.

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