Wednesday, April 16, 2008
So for those who've never done an ironman before, you wouldn't know that for the 2-3 days following the race it feels like you've been hit by a truck. Walking hurts, sitting hurts, moving hurts, eating hurts, sleeping hurts, showering hurts. I tried taking ibuprofen constantly to try to get ouf of some of the aches and pains of muscle soreness, chafing-scabbing, sunburn, and a totally distorted sleep schedule. I found yesterday that the only way out is drinking beer all day. That didn't help how I felt this morning :-P The back of my neck has a few good sized scabs from where the skin chafed off from rubbing on the wetsuit during the swim, then sunburned from the rest of the day. Probably the worst of the pain because I can't move my neck much since it's so brittle. And the worst catch-22 of all is I'm always hungry, but can't function without a couple cups of coffee, then in too much discomfort to eat so I take a couple ibuprofens which make me naceous and no longer want to eat and I try taking a nap until I wake up again and repeat the cycle. The muscle soreness is still present but not painful and slowing me down anymore. I just can't wait until I can get a good nights sleep at decent hours, a few good/regular meals, and the sunburn/chafe to go away. Being conscious sucks right now but I promise I'm going to swim at least 500 meters this afternoon and be back on the bike tomorrow.