COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho—Some Ironman finishers said the worst part of the competition sometimes came after the race was over.
All of the Ironmen that KREM 2 News talked to on Monday said that day two of recovery, on Tuesday, would be the worst.
Ironman finisher Wendy Chioji had one thing to say when she woke up Monday morning.
"I said, ‘I am never doing this distance again,’” said Chioji.
The Coeur d’Alene Ironman was the sixth Ironman for the two-time cancer survivor. Chioji said it was the pain that was too hard to get used to.
"People will be adjusting whether or not they climb stairs today. Mostly go downstairs - it hurts. Quads hurt, everything hurts. Shoulders really hurt because you're in that arrow bar position,” said Chioji. "Trying to sleep last night - the legs were aching. And did not get a good night's sleep."
Jeff Thompson competed in his first Ironman on Sunday. He said his body was so ruined after the race that he could not even down a celebratory meal.
"Tried to eat a piece of pizza - ate about half of it and said, ‘I'm done,’” said Thompson.
Most competitors said that the second recovery day was even worse than the first. They said their muscles would be even sorer.
"I have no idea what tomorrow is going to be like… I have to go to work tomorrow, so hopefully I can make it through that,” said Thompson.
"I'm looking at these people today. People aren't limping too much. But you should probably follow them to their planes tomorrow,” said Chioji.