Last month, Ironman Event Stores held a big sale on their Ironman merchandise. I couldn’t help it. I proceeded to the Ironman Arizona page and perused the goods. A lot of it was 2007 Finisher Gear, which I am NOT. However, there were a couple of items that I couldn’t resist–an Ironman Arizona cool-max shirt and visor. Neither has a year on it and neither says, “Finisher.” Therefore, neither are off limits to this 2008 participant.
Now I ask:
Am I breaking the cardinal rule of racing by wearing a shirt or donning a visor prior to an event I haven’t yet completed? Am I disrespecting the sport or jinxing myself? I’m torn…
I mean, c’mon…look how many people push their kids in Ironman strollers along the trail. I’m sure a great majority of those parents don’t even know what an Ironman is. Plenty of people wear their Ironman Brand watches and probably can’t even walk a mile, let alone complete an Ironman. Ironman has branded itself on body scales, coffee, cars and other items with no law saying you have to be a Finisher to use.
So, really, am I breaking the law if I sport my shirt or am I just overly confident?