2015: Day 3
Day 3 of the 12 DOD is a thing of beauty.
Today we celebrate the first time Ironman and iron distance finishers. Anyone who has watched an Ironman event in person knows how inspirational and touching it can be. Accidentally stumbling across it in Penticton 20ish years ago planted the seed for me. Everyday people are putting themselves out there to swim 3.8km., cycle 180km and then finish off the day with a 42.2 km. run – all of which must be completed within 17 hours and several time cut-offs along the way. It’s absolutely crazy. It sounds impossible. And I think that’s what draws people in for the first time. Finish this, and you can take on the world, and confidently do anything. The race has a special meaning for first time finishers. Being only one year removed from my first Ironman race, I vividly remember how hard the training was and how difficult race day was … but running down the finisher’s chute for the first time is an experience like no other. I wouldn’t trade the memories of that day for anything.
This past July we were spectators and fortunate to watch 5 of our friends competing for the first time, as well as a 6th in August. These weren’t just friends. These were people that I had the honour of training with in the 10 months prior to the race, largely because most were at roughly the same speed in one or more areas. It was awesome watching them get faster in the pool and stronger on the bike as each month passed. There’s nothing easy about waking up before 5am to get in a tough swim or hit the trainer, and complete the first of two training sessions that day before most people get out of bed. Then there were the “B races” designed to work on other aspects of the big day like dialing in nutrition and how to handle the transitions. I remember the post race chats we had after the Victoria half iron in June “How do I feel? Are you kidding me? I have to do that distance twice? I feel like #@%$ now … what have I got myself into?” I felt the same way a year earlier. But they trained hard, trusted in their coaches and made it to the start line healthy … and they rocked it on race day despite the worst of conditions!
So here we have the “Ironman Recovery”, a modified Caesar. This bad boy is designed with recovery on mind. Over the course of this race, you burn north of 7,000 calories and can lose 2 litres of sweat. Throughout the race and immediately following the race you need to replenish the salt and potassium you lost, the glycogen in the muscles and you really need protein to build back all those damaged muscles. So check out this play list:
– This baby has 2 ounces of vodka. Vodka has a medicinal property whereby it helps alleviate pain and numb the senses. You hurt; this has you covered.
– one ounce of The Flame ice wine (infused with a jalapeno pepper). Along with the aforementioned medicinal property, the jalapeno adds a bit of heat which is much needed after spending the day on a mountain in the rain.
– A salted pretzel – carbs and sodium. Replenish that glycogen and get that much needed salt back into your blood.
– Pizza! Not just any pizza, but M-dot pizza. Everyone craves pizza during the race, so here you go – carb up! Start with the M and work your way to the dot
– Bacon (nitrate free)! Why 6 strips of bacon? Well, you were sizzling baby! … and it is protein. And it’s FREAKING BACON – does there need to be another reason?
– Shrimp – more protein with a convenient built in handle
– beef shish kabob. Protein, baby, protein!
– A skewer of chicken wings. Keep bringing on more of that sweet protein!
– 2 hard boiled eggs. Along with the protein, healthy fats are also much needed
– which brings us to a slice of avocado. More healthy fats and omega 3’s if I’m not mistaken.
– 2 skewers of pickles and pickled onions. Why? Well, it’s a nice contrast to all that meat but many think the brining solution also helps alleviate cramps. Chances are that at some point during the race, a cramp hit you.
Here you go Sarah, something to look forward to at the finish line in July:)
So cheers to you Brad, Tova, Alexander, Duane, Dave W, and Sonya! It was an honour and pleasure being a part of your journey this year!