My recovery is going very well! I did a short swim yesterday and had a massage with Marsha at Escapes Spa - Therapeutic Massage She works wonders and today I'm feeling much better.
Overall Time was 5 Hours 58 Minutes
T1: I utilized the wetsuit strippers and had to wait for a second for their help. Got in to T1 and didn't rush.
Speedfil - if you don't own one, buy one! It's a 40oz container, but I refilled it at each aid station. I also had 1 bottle of Fluid with me. Never felt the urge to use the bathroom, so I know I was sweating out a lot more than normal.
What would I do differently?: Spin baby, spin. My overall cadence was WAY too low by the midway point in the race. I should have known better.
T2: T2 went well, but again, I took my time. I felt the burn in my legs so I let them rest for a bit. Started up the Garmin 410 and let it sync, took some MAP and SaltTab and I was off to run.
What would you do differently?: I let my training fail me here. I should have been doing bigger and longer bricks over the past few months!
Post race: Ate a turkey sub immediately and drank some water. I hate ice baths, but if one was available, I would have dove into it! From there I was able to watch several people cross the finish line; including Madison firefighter Rob Verhouse who did the event in full turnout gear, helmet and Scot Pak as well as Iraq War veteran Melissa Stockwell of Chicago who completed the race with an artificial left leg.
All in all this was far from a PR for me at this distance but I cannot complain, I had a great time. My training was focused, but not specific enough and my volume was WAY under where I should have been for this race. I knew that going in. I knew that I was prepared to finish, but hoped that I could still race it. Ironman did a great job organizing this race. The only fault that I can point out is that one aid station ran out of cups - but with the heat and people taking 'extras' it does add up. I had a good time and hope to be back next year. I can't wait for the Lansing Legislator in August and then the Rev3 Cedar Point Half Iron Distance. I'd love the opportunity to get another 70.3 in this year, but at $250 I won't be able to swing it. I have high hopes for a full distance Ironman next year, but we'll see how this year progresses.