Many ironman supporters and viewers see this as a burden, and they are partially true, because this sport takes a lot of time and energy. For people facing difficulties socially, economically or even emotionally ironman can be very tough. But if you have past that time of chaos and you are accepted for who you are, you can go much further in life. And when you prove to all those who doubted you by crossing any finish line you feel that you are invincible and now everyone you know must call you an ironman. My dad is an ironman and he has made it to the championships 4 times, doing a little over 9 hours approximately. This year will be my dad's last Ironman race, most likely because this hobby costs a lot of money, for maintainnig the bike or even the swim, bike and run gear which is not cheap. This sport takes a lot of your time as you have to train almost every day sometimes even all three sports during the same day. He is stopping because he wants to spend more time with the family at home and at work too, Hopefully now he will not have to go to disney land every morning before going to work. Our entire family does triathlon except my mom(she is the supporter). We also spend most of our spare time running, swimming and sometimes biking. This hobby does require a lot of time, but if you are commited and determined to do ironman go for it because passing that finish line is hard and the glory pays off for the pain very easily. When I say my dad is going to stop doing triathlon he will stiil do his average routine but less energy intensive and less regular so he can spend time on other things. My mom is mostly the reason my dad is toning himself down as she likes to keep us in check making sure obligation comes before games and entertainment. Even thought, we love what we do and we are not about to lose it that easily. As someone with a gift must use it wisely.