April 15, 2008

Ironman Hell-izona

As you may know, I just raced Ironman Arizona. This is not my race report.

My race report will give you the gruesome details of all the course, the race and the experience. Suffice to say, if I had to sum up Ironman Arizona 2008 in one word, it'd be this: fuckingbrutal

I'm sure my race report will wax poetic about all sorts of hidden emotions I have yet to uncover, but I guarantee you, any words I use will be just loquacious dilly-dallying around that single concept. Fuckingbrutal.

As I hobble around on my crutches, like a war-torn semblance of the man I used to be - a bruised and battered body covering like armor the piercing pain of accomplishment - I am trying to find some form of meaning from this experience.

There are lessons to be learned, that is for sure. I just don't know what the hell they are yet. In the meantime, if you're looking for some extra bedside reading, you might want to peruse my Ironman Lake Placid race report. That was the first Ironman I did. I will be referring to it. Arizona was my second. There is a big difference between your first Ironman experience and those that follow. Nobody warned me about that. I never knew.

Details will follow shortly after I recover from this post-traumatic stress nonsense.

6 comments:

Megan said...

Uh, yeah. It was nothing short of a miracle that I didn't land myself in the hospital from dehydration and sun poisoning. I credit the half-a-lake I drank during the swim.

Congrats on a battle well-fought.

TriGirl Kate O said...

You finished--yey! Congratulations. Can't wait to read the full report!

jbmmommy said...

Glad to hear you made it through, I look forward to reading all about it. Rest up.

mnapoli said...

I just happened upon your blog. I did Lake Placid in 2007 as my first IM and this past weekend was my second IM also. I will stick to Lake Placid anyday!! Congrats on finishing a b^tch of a day!!
mnapoli #1358

1HappyAthlete said...

Looking forward to the race report

Jen in Budapest said...

It's been 5 days. Have you recovered yet? Congratulations on completing your second Ironman. Just remember the little people like myself who will only be doing my first sprint tri in July. But it's people like you who inspire the rest of us -- or atleast me. And your reality check is great.

"As I hobble around on my crutches, like a war-torn semblance of the man I used to be - a bruised and battered body covering like armor the piercing pain of accomplishment - I am trying to find some form of meaning from this experience.
There are lessons to be learned, that is for sure. I just don't know what the hell they are yet."

Funny!!