|Ashley Clifford, professional triathlete
Ashley was nice and friendly; as are most professional triathletes. Her next big race is in Texas and I will root for her to do well.
The flight back to Phoenix was pretty routine. I am still tired and my body is still very sore. I need to rest for at least another few days before slowly starting the training regimen. The left side of my lower body is especially gimpy. It hurts starting from just above my hip all the way down to my foot. It feels like there is something pulling inside the outer part of my leg. It feels weird and uncomfortable.
Mentally, I remain on cloud nine. While I wish I hadn’t cramped up and done the race a bit faster, I’m happy that I finished after having to dig so deep. Ironman events are some of the toughest endurance events in the world. If they were easy, everyone would be doing them.
A few of my friends have asked me, “So are you going to get an M.DOT tattoo?” The answer is an emphatic, resounding NO.
I’m happy to be home with my pups and Binita.