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The reason I ask is September 7 i'll be doing IM wisconsin. I've just been asked by a buddy who's getting married to be a driver/mechanic/pit crew for the 24hrs of LeMons car race the week after, which he is doing for his bachelors party.<br><br>
I am however concerned about whether or not i'll be able to handle racing just 6 days after IM. In the auto racing I've done before It was TOTAL body, every muscle is used so will I be able to handle a 24hr race or is it to much?
 

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Tough to answer, man.<br><br>
First off, I think it's an offer too good to pass up. Your mate will only have one of these most memorable days; it would be a shame to miss out. On the other hand, I wonder if you could contribute another way.<br><br>
Second, there is no question that you will be in a deep state of fatigue. A week out you will have started feeling better, but first attempt to go hard at anything requiring exerted energy and you'll feel the lingering effects of the IM right away. That there is no question. If you do the race, there will be a time early on where you'll know that your stamina isn't there because of the race. No doubt. But that doesn't mean you can't get through it and even have a boat load of fun. I would still do it, but how important is it to you to perform to your ability? If it is important, then you may want to think about trying to help out in another way. Again, you will start feeling better by that weekend, but you will still be in that deep state of fatigue.<br><br>
Here's what happened to me after my first (and second) Ironman events:<br><br>
The day after I was stiff and sore and hobbling with achy and very tired muscles, but my spirits kept me walking all over the place and participating in all things Ironman. But there were times when I'd drag then spring right back up. And I was constantly hungry and eating something.<br><br>
The second day it grew worse. The body was much more stiff and the muscles very tired, and I was noticeably dragging more. But with some walking around, you can get yourself to be highly functional. Just be sure to hydrate, because your body will be still burning at a high level. Your appetite will be good too. Have a beer and swap a few war stories.<br><br>
The third day it gets noticeably better. The body still takes a while to get moving after it has been still for too long, but it does get moving, and your energy will be higher. But there will come a point where you are dragging ass by, say, 3 pm. You'll get a spring and then drop back again by 7 pm or 8 pm. Have another beer in celebration of your accomplishment. That will take you to 9 pm.<br><br>
By the fourth day, you start feeling much better. You appetite might still be out of control. Or it may not be. But your body is really starting to feel better. But you will no doubt feel the hurt if you try to push yourself in anyway. Even an easy 5 mile run, if you so choose to go that route, will be okay for the first 4 miles... that last mile will be hard. And you'll yawn for an hour after your done. Walk around a lot. It'll loosen everything.<br><br>
The next few days are much of the same. You will start to feel normal energy levels return and be able to stay awake to near your normal hour, but start pushing yourself -- and I don't even mean push yourself as in a hard speed work session, I mean just a "regular, easy run" (or bike).<br><br>
And I bet the same will happen if you do this event.
 

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My student that did IMFL this year said it was a week before he wasn't looking to eat the doors in his school he was that hungry.<br><br>
He'd do his hallway walk thrus and duck into the teacher's lounge to have a quick lean cuisine lasagne or something. Fast, microwavable....yuuummmm was what he said.
 

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OK... damn near fell for it... You never really know who is behind the user name... You could run with the crowd, be off to France... And just be a bad speller. But then for kicks, I googled "<a href="http://www.24hoursoflemons.com" target="_blank">24 Hours of Lemons</a>" - looks like a hoot!! The <a href="http://www.24hoursoflemons.com/pix/" target="_blank">pictures and little video</a> form last year are particularly telling.<br><br>
Yah, you can do this.
 

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Classic! Dude go for it....you will/may have some post race mental fog, but that will add challenge and fun for the day of auto racing!<br><br>
Stay hydrated post IM and for the days afterwards. Your body will take a few days to have the juices and internal pieces returning back to equilibrium.<br><br>
You guys got a car picked out?
 

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Thanks Guys I think I will go for it. As you say it is quite an opportunity! From what it sounds like, Post IM is about like after your first marathon only way longer. Sounds like I'll have to take a supermarket with me in the car though<img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
LRR: I wondered if people would get it!<br><br>
YM: We haven't got a car picked out yet. I'm trying to convince the guys it would be easier to drive if it was a smaller car, it is a circuit course, but they all want a big old American tank<img alt="uhoh2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/uhoh2.gif"> so we'll see. We're trying to get a car that'll be worth enough in parts that we can pay for all safety equipment by selling what we don't use.<br><br>
Hopefully my body won't be stiff as a board in the car! I'll definitely have to write a Race Report for this one too!
 

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I biked an MS150 from Houston to Austin the weekend after my IM and was fine. That weekend usually involves little sleep as well. I think I rode about 85 on Saturday and 65 on Sunday (stopped every 10 miles or so for candy or ice cream, but that is a different story).
 

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Please do! I have some friends who used to race Thunder Bombers in New Mexico.....they paid a guy a case of beer to weld a roll bar in the car....thing landed up going up in flames all on it's own. You guys are gonna have fun!<br><br><img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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haha, thats great, I'm going to have to see if I could find a guy to do roll bar for beer!!!<img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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I don't think your body will be stiff as a board - it will probably feel absolutely fine at that level. But just recognise that the fatigue is quite deep, regardless of how you feel.<br><br><span style="font-family:Verdana;">It is quite common to start feeling strong again 10-14 days after an Ironman, so hey 6 days is close enough. I understand that if this happens, you are likely experiencing the tail end of your peak.</span><br><br><span style="font-family:Verdana;">It is too good an opportunity to miss and chances are you will probably be firing on all cylinders come car race day <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">.</span>
 

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Lets just hope the junker we find for the race will be too <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
I think the key will probably be for me to keep hydrated. I've always done better after races if I drink, and drink, and drink, and drink.<br><br>
Now, how to rig an in car drinks dispenser!? <img alt="book1.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/book1.gif">
 

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After both of my IMs I drove and drove and drove all over Europe with my ironmate and parents on vacation. Both times we hit the road on Monday morning. I didn't always hop out of the car at pitstops, but never had any problems. I would think after a week you should be fine. As has been said, sounds like a great op and a bunch of fun.
 

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Good question, from my limited experience which is 1 IM, which was IM Wisconsin last year, I felt fine a week after and then started training for the Chicago marathon which was a month after IM WI.<br><br>
I was more banged up from the marathon than the IM. In fact my coach had told me that racing a marathon can be harder on your body than an IM, as in the IM, you are going at a controlled pace, and are only racing the last 6-8 miles of the marathon (at least in theory). Of course this assumes you run a smart race, which I'm sure you will <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 
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