Post Ironman Lake Placid Recovery and Black Toenails

The week after Ironman Lake Placid has been filled with lots of normal stuff, including work, family obligations, and a little exercise. I haven’t run, but I swam once for 20 minutes, and I rode to work on Friday, which took 60 minutes. Overall, I am fatigued, so I’ve been taking it easy. My worst race injuries were to my toes and my right wrist. My wrist is sore from being in the aero position for nearly six hours. I may need to tweak my bars a bit. Lots of mouse clicking has exacerbated the problem. My toes are hurting pretty badly, with my left big one being the worst off. Describing the problem would probably make some people sick, so I’ll summarize by saying that the nail is going to come off (again) and that I’ve been performing a little home surgery (don’t tell my HMO) every night. I’ve had this problem twice before after very long runs, so I think I know the fix. I just need to avoid infection.

Ironman Lake Placid

Overall, I’m pleased with my result and how I feel. I’m contemplating another race in 2009, but a lot of things have to fall into place for it to become reality. Whether I get another one in this year or not, I’ll certainly do on in 2010. Now that I’ve got a taste of what Ironman is all about, I’m thinking hard about a serious Ironman World Championships (Hawaii) qualification effort. This would likely require a dramatic performance improvement and more commitment from a lot of folks, including my family. I like setting goals, and this seems like a fun one, so we will see.

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