Honestly I don't think I would have had any problem working on the Tuesday/Wednesday. However I only drive a desk. Not sure I would have wanted to be hedging or digging trenches!
This was first IM but have done 3 50+mile LDWA events with 12 hour+events and lots of 30s with 7-10 hour finishes.
Agree with many that a hard marathon will hurt the legs more than an IM
Was in the office the following day by 8am, Did 12 hour day, next day drove to Guildford and spent a flat out week in the head office... Ran on the Wednesday evening, Swam Thursday
I've never cared for Viking.
Bit stiff the day after, usually have a long drive. Eat good quality protein and a nice soak in the bath and I'm ok. I also wear compression tights to sleep in the night of the race.
Agree with Cookie, have been worse after standalone marathons and half marathons.
I drank about 8 pints straight after IM Wales - was OK and just about still standing, understandably woke up slightly dehydyrated, but nothing another 6 pints and few glasses of wine didnt sort out the following day
FB - did you end up staying in that pub and beer garden for all 10?
I wen't pretty hard in the marathon (except for all the toilet stops) so my legs were pretty trashed for a few days afterwards
fat buddha wrote (see)
in fact after every IM I've finished, I've had a skinful of beer the following day and generally have never felt too trashed post-race
Obviously not trying hard enough!
Oh well... there's always next time?
I get quite emotional, as well as physical effects. I find myself just rather 'washed out' really.
So, IMDE 2010 I did no/little training afterwards for 2 weeks because I came back to a very heavy deadline at work.
In the days after the event:
Night of event - couldn't sleep, I was awake for 24hrs straight having got up at 0330 to race and didn't get to sleep until 0330 that night. Just couldn't calm down.Day after (Mon) - Up again at around 6ish feeling desperately hungry but sick. Felt as if I'd been run over, utterly broken. Movement was very slow but shuffling around made my legs feel better. Cried by about 9am as was so tired, managed to get another hour's sleep. Felt sick and didn't want to eat but would eat everything put in front of me.Tues - travelled home, not too bad. Cried.Weds - back working.
It was probably the following weekend before I was able to sleep in a proper pattern again and I resorted to baths and lavender oil.
This year Challenge Copenhagen:
Night of event - found it easier to get to sleep, probably asleep by just after midnight. Was able to eat and drink a few bits and bobs when got back to hotel.Day after - woke at 6am and had something to eat and drink in room before going back to sleep and then going down to proper breakfast at 9am. Found was much more able to function, had a stroll around town which I enjoyed. Could obviously feel what I'd done but was much more mobile. Was very tired by evening and found being 'sociable' quite hard so had an early night with my book, still didn't get to sleep till Midnight.Tuesday - travellled home. Cried in the morning.
I do remember that this year it was either Tuesday or Wednesday nights where the sleeplessness broke and I slept solidly for about 12 hrs that night.
Both years I've gone for a very, very gentle swim on the Tuesday.
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