I received a lot of questions after the IM, and since I have been catching up on work/life since the race and have little in my blogging queue, here they are, for your reading pleasure!
I love your singlet you wore on the run! Where did you get it? My singlet is a Pearl Izumi Infinity In-R-Cool singlet. I LOVE this singlet. I am a size medium, and it fit perfectly. Super cool and lightweight, I have found that singlets are much better for me running anything over a half marathon off the bike.
How was running the marathon in flats? Prior to this race, I’ve always run the marathon in trainers. After having a great run at Quassy in my Pearl Izumi isoTransitions (my first pair of flats!) I opted to run the marathon in them. While I went sockless with them at Quassy, I wore my Swiftwick socks under them for the longer distance, and I was happy about that. More time on the feet = more sweat = more moisture in the shoes, and with those socks I don’t have to think twice about blisters. Similarly to Quassy, choosing to run in the Iso’s was a great pick – my feet stayed light and quick and I never had to stop to readjust them or anything like that.
Did you pee on the bike? No! When I got the drafting penalty, I knew I wasn’t even going to entertain the idea of stopping for a bathroom break, and both serving the penalty and going to the bathroom would have to be accomplished in one stop. The penalty tent, however, was not near a porta potty…..this didn’t stop me. That’s all I’ll say about that 🙂
Did you have the same stomach issues you faced at IMAZ? Nope! I have been working with Hillary on training days to be paying attention to my nutrition, and it perfectly translated into the race for me. Unlike AZ, where I stopped 3 times at the bathroom, I didn’t have to stop once. This isn’t to say though at mile 19 I didn’t have vomit in my mouth that I was swallowing down (gross, yes). But, part of learning to run off the bike is learning to accept the fact that “no stomach issues” really isn’t possible. When you are competing for almost 11 hours, your stomach simply will not cooperate the entire time. It really is all about embracing the highs and lows and knowing that above all, if you keep pushing the calories and drinking water, you will come out of the rough patches and be able to run strong the whole time. Being able to compartmentalize and trouble shoot what isn’t feeling good, while still maintaining your pace, is the ultimate game changer in endurance events. And that can be learned in training!
How did you mentally overcome getting the drafting penalty? One of the many takeaways I had from Arizona was to stay Relentlessly Positive. I capitalize that phrase because it deserves the recognition – this was a phrase that has been used to honor the memory of Sally Meyerhoff. I wore a bracelet with that saying on it during Arizona, and it has hung on my dresser where I can see it every day since. Getting hung up on a bump in the road during an 11-hour day simply isn’t worth it. I have to tell myself to move on and start making decisions to keep that from happening again, beating myself up over it won’t get me to the finish line any faster!
How do you recover from an IM? While getting back onto my bike the day after the race is the last thing I want to do, it’s actually one of the most beneficial to spin the legs out. Getting into the water for an easy swim is great too. In fact, David and I went to the lake on Monday night for an evening swim and it was one of my favorite times in CDA. I love that you can literally just walk into the lake and start swimming in the clear waters. It doesn’t get much more peaceful than that. In the week after, my workouts are kept light and easy and I make sure I touch each sport a few times. Then Hillary gives me time to do whatever I feel like doing – and sometimes that may include nothing! This time around I am getting in some hiking, tubing, and of course a massage 🙂 One of the important parts for recovery is also making sure I surround myself with good foods. I am just as hungry in the days following a race as I am during big training blocks, so having Powerbars in my purse or the recovery beverage in my cup at work is a for sure thing post-IM.