Ironman Hawaii: Highlights & Recovery

The buzz from finishing the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, will last for a while. Clearly, it is a special race. After seven days, my body is feeling really good. I feel better than I did after either of my first two Ironman’s and I’ve hurt worse after other races too. Maybe this is a good sign, a sign of fitness. I don’t have anything else to aim for right now. Mentally, I’m already anxious to race again, but I need to give it some time. This year has been huge, with two Ironman Brazil, Ironman Hawaii, Timberman 70.3, and more than 25 other races. I’ve got some cyclocross, trail running, and road running on tap, but I’m going to give it a few more weeks.

My sunburn was the worst ever. That layer of skin is coming off fast. My race number was literally etched into my arm. It is about the only spot of expose skin that was torched. If it wasn’t for the burn, I would feel even better than I do right now, which is scary. I’m sure that deep down, my body has been worked worse than I feel on the surface. Iron fatigue is no joke. Hence the rest.

Our Hawaii crew was awesome. My parents, Lynn and Stan, were fabulous. They were just as excited about the race as any of us. My aunts, Terry and Mariette,  and my cousin Amy; had a blast and were a huge  help. Everyone pitched in to help Debbie with our kids. Hauling all of that gear (e.g. bike, car seats, strollers, stuff, etc.) such a great distance is a work. It was sweet to share this special race with all of them. The World Triathlon Corporation put on a good show.

I can’t wait to get my bike back from Tri Bike Transport. This mission won’t be complete until the Seven Kameha SLX is safe in my basement, cleaned up, and ready to go for 2011.

Since I’m not in training mode right now, I can finally have some of those Oktoberfest beers. This is a great time of year to enjoy liquid fuel.

What’s next? Not sure. Like I said, some cross and running in the woods for fun with no pressure and no training. I’m waiting for Debbie’s 2011 schedule to come into focus. Her events take priority next year. I will race when she doesn’t. I want to do at least two 70.3 events and a whole season of sprint and middle distance triathlons. I also want to get my six Grand Tree trail running races in. It is doubtful that I will return to full distance Ironman events until 2012. The pull is there, but it took a huge time commitment and a lot of travel and expense. I said that I would wait until after Hawaii to decide. I know I can go faster. The good news is that I’m motivated to get better.

For now, the focus returns to Deb, to our family, to Horst Engineering, and to rest.

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