Dom Joly is suspicious of hardcore triathletes.
It's really all about machismo and bragging rights – something I totally understand – just don't have access to... people who do Iron Man and suchlike are always the annoying types who wander into a situation when you are trying to impress a woman and you suddenly find yourself sitting alone in the corner munching on a large consolatory cheeseburger.
Anyway, why would I need to do it for real when I can fake it and get the same result? This photograph of me jogging through Death Valley in the Mojave Desert was enough when attached to an e-mail to my brother-in-law to persuade him that I was in the club. The only problem is that he's now invited me over to do the Ultimate Iron Man...
A commenter has a proposal.
I have always wanted to start a "Poseur's Club" of running whereby you enter each event in order to get the t-shirt and then purposefully don't show up for the event. Anyone interested can contact me through this on-line paper. You must have at least 3 t-shirts of races not run in order to qualify.Good luck and may the couch be with you.
Sadly I don't think that will work; usually you have to at least show up to get the shirt.