Thursday, August 7, 2014

Crazy As It May Seem..

I am leaving this morning for Logan, Utah to start the EPIC Cache-Tetons relay with 11 other old people. Admittedly, the timing is not the best as I have hardly rinsed the Ironman sweat off my weary body. But, I’ve done a relay with this group the last few years and I had a major case of FOMO. So…let’s go.

I am the 12th and final runner for the group, which means I get to cross the finish line in Jackson, Wyoming (Teton Village) at the end of the 204 miles.

My legs total only 15 miles – yet, the first one (6 miles) is labeled as “very hard” (whatever. sheesh) and takes place in somewhere called Grace, Idaho. The thing I love most about these relays is you take back roads and see places and things you never would otherwise. Hopefully that won’t include a toothless man with a shotgun.

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You may ask how I feel 4 days post-Ironman. Thank you for inquiring. Let’s take a tour of the body:

Feet: Still aching. I had a massage yesterday and made her rub my feet for 30 minutes. 
Legs: Flushed out and ready to go.
Crotch: Chafing - ‘nuf said (no pictures available).
Arms/Abs/Head/Neck: Normal with some chafing under arm pit.
Mouth: Cold sore on the lips. I figured I could not escape it after so many hours in the sun. If you would like Herpes, let me know and I can send a sample.

By far my favorite post-race surprise was found in my hair. I had a tangle-nest the size of a lemon near the nape of my neck. Joie spent 30 minutes trying to detangle it. We finally had to pull out the rest (maybe it is a tangle, maybe it is an endangered spider).

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I used to get these when I was a kid. My mom hated it when I yanked them out. So, when I did yank them out I would throw them behind the furnace with my dirty underwear. True story! I pity the family who bought that house and replaced that furnace. Eww.

After the de-tangling session, I took a shower and found as staple in my hair. What? Ironman does strange and mysterious things to a person.

Overall I feel pretty damn good. I’ve resumed normal peeing/pooping/eating schedules. My recovery plan has involved Dateline, Lifetime movies (“Nightmare Nanny” is a good one), chardonnay and my bed. I like doing hard things then being lazy.

I’m off. See you next week!

SUAR

33 comments:

  1. AHH FOMO is what has me going to an ultra running camp in Sept though I am clearly not an ultra runner...but seriously still gonna be awesome

    HAVE A BLASTTTTTT

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  2. My niece doggie has cardio FOMO too. She would have joined you in a heartbeat. This sounds crazy to me, but at least it will be pretty. Have fun!

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  3. You never rest do you!? Sounds like a great relay! I love driving the backroads!

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  4. We lived in Logan for college and you will absolutely love the journey to Jackson. BEAUTIFUL!!

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  5. I am so jealous! I did the Epic CO relay last year and our team got a discount for this year because we were the best decorated vans. We were *this* close to doing Teton, but instead we decided to not use our discount and we signed up for the Ragnar trails instead in Snowmass, which was awesome. But still the Tetons would be amazing. Take plenty of pictures.

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  6. Sounds like a beautiful challenge. Looking forward to your recap and photos. I'm sure u will kick some butt as usual.

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  7. And here I was, worried about doing Ragnar Napa Valley 3.5 weeks after my next full marathon! :) I hope you have fun and I look forward to reading all about it!

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  8. I get those tangles in my hair, too,after long runs. Same place and my hair is shorter than yours. Strange. Congrats on your IM finish and your recovery! I hope you spent some time with Ben & Jerry, too! ;-) Have a blast on the run. And "FOMO" is awesome! I've never heard that term before but will plan to use it a lot!

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  9. toothless man with a shotgun.....hahaha! glad your feeling good. i love relays and this one sounds spectacularly beautiful! have fun!

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  10. I live in Logan, Utah! It'd be cool to run into you. Good luck on your race!

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  11. Hi! I just started following your blog, you are a rockstar and I love your honesty! I am training for my first marathon in November. Good luck on the relay!

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  12. Seriously? A relay after an IM? Are you insane? Wait...don't answer that...

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  13. Wow you are AWESOME! I wish I was that bad ass...

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  14. That sounds like an amazing experience! It's gorgeous in Jackson Hole albeit quite hilly I remember. Can't wait to read your tips and see if you have any advice for our upcoming Ragnar. Have fun!

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  15. I am so jealous right now that I could spit. Really. I have done Epic Cache-Teton for the past three years. This year? Team captain said nah. What? And she just let us know in June--not much of a chance to put together another team. So, bummed for me but thrilled for you. Have so much fun and keep us all posted.

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  16. I had to look up fomo.. that's a new one for me. congrats on finishing a hard race and have fun on the relay.

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  17. I have another two weeks of thinking about the IRONMAN! We saw you at the end of the race and you looked great. Referred to your post today on mine. http://www.6500feetfit.com/2014/08/07/surprises-at-the-ironman/

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  18. That is a serious tangle! I once found a paperclip in my hair, from the guys who sat behind me in history class.

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  19. Grace is a beautiful little valley of farmland. We are getting a lot of rain which is good for you because the farmers won't be cutting grain. (So. Much. Dust)

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  20. You are crazy, but in the best way! FOMO is a seriously struggle. Hope it's a blast!

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  21. You amaze me. You will always and forever be my woman crush. Have a great time! You'd think there'd be a FOMO support group by now...

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  22. I just LOLed at you throwing hair behind your furnace!! Hahah I really enjoy how much you share on the blog. Really...amazing. Have fun in your relay! CONGRATS on the Ironman. I had a number of friends who were spectating and volunteering. Reason #292345 I wish I still lived in Boulder.

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  23. Doing hard things and then being lazy? THATSWHATSHESAID.

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  25. Thought u might giggle at this......hubby and I are newbies with running. I was telling him about fartleks and long runs, tempo runs etc. He was trying to plan out our running goals for next week and he said,"we should run a gasser". I was confused for a few seconds and then laughed when I realized he meant to say Fartlek.

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  26. Glad recovery is going well, have fun at the relay!

    Last year, after I did my first half iron- It took about a half a bottle of conditioner to get the 'knot' out of my hair... it was insane. I almost just chopped my whole mop off.

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