In the two-plus weeks since Ironman Canada I’ve continued to eat like I’m still training – coconut macaroons for breakfast? Yes, please! – and occasionally have to remind myself that I did, in fact, race 140.6. It seems like eons ago and at times almost like it didn’t happen. Weird.
My body, however, tells me otherwise. I’ve ran just once since the race and while it wasn’t nearly as painful as I anticipated, I definitely could feel my legs. On the tired scale, three miles felt like 11.
There’s been quite a few miles put on the Madone since we’ve been home… 103 the second week after IM and another 110 this week. And, as much as I miss my Argon, it’s been enjoyable to hop on my bike and just ride, for fun and to explore some new routes around MSP.
Since we can’t get enough of ironman, we spent last weekend in Madison, volunteering and spectating at Ironman Wisconsin. As fantastic as Ironman Canada was, there’s nothing quite like the energy at IMWI. After volunteering bright and early at bike special needs, we spent the afternoon, Tour de France style, at the huge hill on Timber Lane. So awesome to see Beth, Jared and Katie crushing the course – and, smiling the entire time (below, clockwise from top right). Congrats on fantastic races! Beth took 2nd pro woman, Katie 6th AG and Jared 26th AG with an hour PR… all amazing!
Also, I’m still inspired by the Pease brothers, Kyle and Brent, who rocked the race (below, top left). So much heart and determination! For more info about these incredible guys, check out the Kyle Pease Foundation.
With spectators like this, how can you not want to bike up this hill?!
It was so great to cheer for Katie the entire day – and, to finally meet her in real life! She’s awesome :)
And, then, on Monday morning, this happened. Bring on Ironman Wisconsin 2014!
Happy swimbikerunning, friends!