Call this half a rant if you will, but looking at some of the required equipment lists is completely demotivating. With some races requiring a small fortune to invest in. Granted the stuff should last long, but only because you need it 2-3 times a year. Never mind the fees for races.
Most of the stuff is needed for just in case. Just in case you find yourself stuck and the temperatures plummet or you are hurt and help is far away. I understand that, but it does not make it easier.
Case in point; I have a race coming up that requires a few items that will spiral me into debt, and just for one race that I might not do because of injury. So I am stuck, should I abandon the race or consider the purchases as an investment for future races? Only problem is that I not only have to motivate this to myself but also to my family.
So here I am:
Backpack – anything from R200 to R2000
Rain Jacket – R360 to R1500
Windproof shell – R300 to R500
And of course I have already made purchases for other things for short distance trail running.
No to mention that I need new shoes: R1200
Maybe I should just spend money on a LED TV and a sound system so I can vegetate in front of it, seems to be a cheaper option than pursuing the things I love.