Well I finished my second Ironman last Sunday and I’m just starting to feel normal again. It can take while to recovery from an Ironman. The race did not go exactly as I had hoped, but few rarely do as I usually have high expectations.
The swim was good. I had a good start and didn’t get banged up too much. I was able to stay on good feet for most of it, except the end when it got a bit wavy and I started to feel tired and lose form a bit.
The bike was a bit harder than I thought it would be. The hills on Chemin Duplessis took a lot out of me especially the second time around.
By the time the run started I was a bit behind schedule and had to have a great run to make up for it, but after about 10k it was clear that today would not be the day for the run of life, so I slowed down a bit. By the time 30k came around my legs felt like cement and the thought of bailing did cross my mind for a second, but was instantly erased with the realization that Ayesha, my mom, and Ayesha’s parents and brother were waiting for me at the finish line (thanks again for coming to cheer me on, you are so guys are so good to me). I decided to walk a few of the water stations to allow myself to recover a bit. I find that this is a good strategy as you get a good dose of hydration and nutrition while taking a breather at the same time. I also find it physiologically much easier as I only have to convince myself to run to the next water station which is a lot easier than focusing on getting to the finish.
The run of an Ironman can be a struggle, but taking a walk at an aid station can help you keep going and thinking of the people you love waiting for you at the end will bring you to the finish line.