With only seven days to recover for the Ironman, I went back to Austin after Clearwater to try and freshen up. The first couple of days after Clearwater, I was a little bit nervous as my legs were extremely sore. Once I got to Arizona, my legs came around and were actually feeling pretty good. I was really nervous as I didn’t really know how to approach this race. The night before the race, I couldn’t believe how compicated getting my nutrition ready was. I didn’t know where I was going to put all the stuff. In the morning, I couldn’t believe how cold the water was. I thought Arizona was a warm place. During the swim, I had to dig a little deeper than I thought I would, as a couple of guys got away early and I got stuck behind the wrong feet. I spent about 1.5K closing the gap. I exited the water third, right on the feet of the leaders. Going through transition, I took a little extra time to concentrate on which bag I had to get because I’m a dumbass and sometimes can grab the wrong transition bag (i.e. last weekend). The first few kilometers, I wanted to try and get settled in a good position early. My race plan was not to kill myself on the bike but try and sit with the main group. I found this a little bit hard at times, because sometimes the ride felt extremely easy and I had to keep reminding myself to back off. Other times, even though the pace was the same, it was really hard and I was digging deep just to maintain my position. Coming into transition, I had no idea what to expect on the run. I actually felt good heading out on the run. The weather was perfect for racing and up until that point I felt like my nutrition was going well. My plan for the run was to hold a steady pace. Half way through the race, I managed to run into 3rd place and was still feeling really good. I was pulling time back on the leaders. 20 miles into the run, I got within 30 seconds of TJ. Unfortunately around this stage, I started to feel my sore legs from Clearwater and the first half of the Ironman. I managed to push through it for another 5K. The last 5K was a really big struggle. My quads were so sore I could hardly put my feet on the ground. In the end, I managed to hold onto 4th. I was extremely happy with the way the Ironman went. I don’t think this is something I want to do regularly, but I might be back to Arizona next year. After the race, the only thing I had a craving for was McDonalds, so on the way home, I picked up a couple of burgers and some fries. Once I got home, I sat in the bath and ate my feast (I really think McDonalds should sponsor me).