IM Louiville

IM Louiville
Bikes racked at Ironman Louisville 2010

Monday, September 25, 2006

Recovery Day 2

The night after the Scallion, I couldn't really sleep. Sometimes when you exert yourself so much, you're too sore to sleep...or something like that. I didn't get home until after 11pm that night, yet at 3:15 am, I was wide awake. But the following day (Sunday), wasn't too bad. Sure, my quads were a bit sore, that's to be expected. I felt like I had just run a hard half marathon.

But today - Monday - YEEEOOOOWWWWWW! I can barely move! To think I expected to run 3 miles this evening was just ridiculous!! Every time I get up off the chair, I need to use my arms as much as I can. The worst, of course, is going down stairs. At the office, I must've looked like I was handicapped or something because I had 3 guys rush to me to ask if I was OK and if I needed help down the stairs. It's quite embarassing when everyone asks you what's wrong and if you're OK.

Then when you tell them how you punished your body ON PURPOSE and that you ENJOYED it, people look at you like you're crazy. Unless you've ever experienced something like this, you cannot understand what keeps you coming back for more. And you can't understand the bonding that goes on during a race like this. It's not to say the whole time we laughed and got along, but we helped each other and supported each other through one tough adventure. There were jokes, slams, name calling, and the usual banter. But there was also teamwork, encouragement, and true friendship.

I am so sore today. I think this is worse than any marathon or Ironman I've ever done. My quads are definitely the worst, but the calves ache, too. Not to mention the neck and shoulders. Just a couple more days and I plan to be back to normal. And I am so excited that I don't feel like I'm catching a cold. Spending 8.5 hours in the cold and rain isn't exactly the best thing you can do for yourself.

So, I'm enjoying my time on the couch this evening. But with the half marathon this weekend, well, I can't relax TOO much!!

I can't believe I think I've just been converted into an Adventure Racing enthusiast!! Sometimes, I shock myself.


Anonymous said...

we can sell your tri bike on ebay and get ya some climbing gear,some xxxsl kayak paddles,some really cool trail shoes,some ultra thin zip off pants, some real kick ass lights for you bike and helmet,a compass, a knife with a built in beener,a bunch of nylon straps and a bunch of really cool crap

RunBubbaRun said...

There is also XTERRA, and adventure races in the woods I could point you too. Also 24 hr mountain bike rides. Plus you could join me running through the woods for 10+ hours in April.

Oh what fun, no matter what you do, as long as you have fun at the end, that is what counts.

bconway6650 said...

No No No No No No...... Sell the tri bike on ebay and get a polo pony!

now we're talking big time fun!

John from Grand Haven, MI said...

you know, it was 3:15am when that guy killed his whole family in The Amityville Horror. always freaks me out to look over and see that time on the clock.

KK said...

It's four days after our adventure race and my legs are still sore from all 2,109 stairs in the Sear's Tower. What's up with that?

Anonymous said...

hate the drake
oh i mean sears