After my brief race report yesterday I received this suggestion.
Some questions to help you write a proper race report:
Did you use an alarm clock?
What astounding events happened while driving to the event?
Were your prerace bowel movements any indication of how the race would go?
Who did you speak with prior to the race? Did these conversations influence your state of mind?
At what exact moment did you take the race lead? Did you do it decisively? Why did you choose that moment?
What did you think about on the second climb? Were those the correct thoughts to have at that particular moment?
How many rocks were on the course? If you didn't count, why not? Were they bigger or smaller than you are accustomed?
How many turns? Were there enough/too many? What was the best switchback?
Did you spit during the race?
What did you eat/drink, before, during and after?
It was overcast yesterday, did you wear sunscreen, if so what brand and spf?
Did you raise your arms in victory? Flash a gang sign? Flex? Point to the sky/RD/self?
Will you get a tat in honor of this victory? If not why?
Did you cry?
I had set my alarm for 1:22am, a superstitious habit indicating what I had hoped to run (I've missed the start of many Ironman races because of this.) I awoke at precisely 1:21:13... this was a good sign (at this point I knew I would win because of the obvious numerology with that time. 1 X 2 + 1 + 1 - 3 = 1st place... I couldn't lose!) I then reached over with my left hand I shut off my alarm. Many thoughts were racing through my brain. First was which foot would I start with? My left or my right foot!? The weather. Would it be too cold? What should I wear? Should I wear a watch and if so should I put it on my left or right wrist? Should I tie my shoes starting the loop over or under? Many things to consider but I knew I would have a 30:00 drive to sort it all out (more on the drive to the race in Part VI). I rolled out of bed and placed my left foot on the floor and it felt good... then my right foot landed (Mid-foot. Not quite flat and not really up on my toes either... more like how the Cavemen would have done it (because they were really really really fast runners)) and it too felt good. My toes were not cold and this was good. Then I stood up and moved my left foot forward, then my right foot. I continued to do this all the way to the kitchen where I proceeded to make coffee. I turned (to my left) and walked across the kitchen and began to prepare my pre-pre-pre-race nutrition (more on the pre-pre-race and pre-race nutrition in Part III) I then went to bathroom (Parts II, IIII, VII, VIII, VIIII and XX will also cover my bowl and urinary eliminations in greater detail.)
Part II coming soon!