Lot's of daydreaming and reflection happening here.
Tons of thoughts going through my head...
* Only 4 hours of sleep - WTF
* Ordered TWO breakfast meals from McDonalds
* Walking, sitting down and getting up were huge chores, and required lots of arm strength
* Lots of moaning and "Oh my god"'s came out of my mouth
* Another only 4 hours of sleep. This marks 2 straight weeks of inconsistent sleep patterns
* Never really hungry - just forcing myself to eat
* The race replays through my mind about 85% of waking hours
* 3 words: DELAYED ONSET FATIGUE - OW! Legs are incredibly sore!
* Ate a Double Whopper meal at BK without thinking twice
* As soon as I got back to Solana Beach, I jumped in the ocean and splashed around a little bit
* I barely have a voice, and most communication is done as a whisper
* Still not very hungry - and still forcing myself to eat
* I was a zombie on Tuesday night - I almost fell asleep during a conversation with someone
* The race still replays through my mind 85% of waking hours (especially on the flight back to SD)
* Walking has completely returned to normal, but stairs are still a little challenging
* Still no voice
* Cold sweats while sleeping
* Still forcing myself to eat, and when I eat, I get VERY warm and actually start sweating (weird)
* Legs are barely sore anymore
* Still not hungry, but forcing myself to eat. I just threw down a rather large meal, and could easily eat more
* Zero voice still! Makes for funny conversations at work...
* I still haven't taken off my IMLP bracelet yet.
* Cold sweats at night still (annoying)
* Voice has returned!
* Eating anything makes my body temperature fluctuate a lot
* Had to see a doctor this morning - eesh!
* I feel like I could go for a run, but I won't
* Weezer's "Pork and Beans" was stuck in my head a number of times during the bike course - mainly when I was having a ton of fun, in the zone with a smile on my face
* Had a few helpings of Weezer's "Dreamin'" during the bike too
* An excerpt from Beastie Boys "Intergalactic" was stuck in my head on the run ..."I run the marathon to the very last mile" (I'm such a nerd)
* Random songs from VHS or Beta were stuck in my head during the race at various points
* From Dave Matthews 'Gravedigger' - "dig it shallow so that I could feel the rain" was in my head during the swim and the first part of the bike.
* Mental Barriers (and Demons) were broken down during this race (especially on the second half of the run)
* My tri shoes have probably seen their last days. They never smelled good before, and they never completely dried from the race. I had to put them in a plastic bag to bring them back to CA so they wouldn't stink everything else up. I just opened the bag - it was not pretty.
* Every time I saw someone off to the side of the road relieving themselves, I had a devilish snicker - the clock stops for no one or nothing baby!!!!!
* Because my bib never really stayed on the front of me on the run (it moved around a lot), about 97% of people who were cheering for me called me "Dennis". It was rather annoying.
* Applying chamois butter to the undercarriage mid run garnishes a few weird looks from unsuspecting people ("Oh my, what is he doing?")
* Applying chamois butter to the undercarriage is ABSOLUTELY USELESS in the rain, and provided ZERO chaffage protection (definitely hurting a bit today still). In fact, it not only doesn't stick, it actually just drips off of you... through your shorts. I had to wipe the stuff off from between my legs a number of times so people wouldn't think any weird thoughts (Man, he must be really happy to be doing an IM!!!)
* If you ever do an IM, don't let ANYTHING take you down from the high - ride it as long as you can.
* I put a lot of my personal life on hold for this event for the past 9 months. Thank you for those that understood, and I am sorry to those who don't. Live and Learn I guess.
* I will NOT be getting any M., Ironman, 140.6 or anything like that as a tattoo. It's all about the memories for me!
* After thinking about it - as loud as it was when I crossed the finish line - I couldn't hear the crowd, I couldn't hear Mike Riley, I couldn't feel the rain. I was almost desensitized and boiling over with emotion at the same time! It was SURREAL. Just thinking about it is ... just ... wow.
* I know I said this before, but I am really glad I didn't wear a watch, and stopped paying attention to mile markers. I felt like I could focus so much more on myself and the race, rather than the time. In others I talked to who wore a watch - they felt the same. Food for thought for your next race.
* I have probably re-read my own race report 15 times just to keep reliving it!!!
* It may sound cheesy, but I think this Ironman changed me a little bit. Not really sure how though. See next bullet.
* My friend Bassam asked me "What now? can you even go out for a jog anymore or is no workout good enough? god, i couldn't imagine how you follow up an iron man." You know, those are great questions - I hadn't really thought about it. How does one follow up an Ironman, and Ironman in the rain no less? The good news, is I may have something waiting in the wings for next year that just might be on par with IM - more to come on that later. Until then - beer me!