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  1. MissPinkKate
    November 18, 2013

    Thanks for the post! Very curious to read the post on the $ breakdown so I hope this is the penultimate and not the ultimate! I think you’ve given me the bug, I’m hoping to do a (sprint!) triathlon in the next few years…

  2. Niki
    November 18, 2013

    I loved reading the answers to all of these questions, thanks Meghann! What a huge accomplishment.
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  3. Anna
    November 18, 2013

    I loved that you did this post! There has been so much I’ve been wondering about. My husband did an Ironman this year and I have gotten more information from you than him! I was totally wondering about the Ironman tattoo too. My husband got his a few weeks after the race. He was unsure as his placement of it until the end of his race he saw another racer with one on her heel.

  4. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun
    November 18, 2013

    Loved all these questions and answers! I find it so fascinating to read anything involving your ironman! I have done marathons but to me that seems like nothing in comparison and I can’t imagine all the thoughts going through your head right before the start!
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  5. Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs
    November 18, 2013

    Great post! There’s so much that goes into these races — it’s nice to see it broken down like you’ve done!
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  6. sarahf
    November 19, 2013

    Triathlons came up in a reading text in my class today (I teach English in Japan), so I told my students what an Ironman consists of, they all sat there, mouths wide open, looking at me like I must be insane! I didn’t even mention doing one, just that the concept exists and there are a lot of people who do them! I should show them your recaps!
    Great answers, I can’t help but wonder what the next adventure will be! I’d be really interested in the money side of things, it’s easy to forget that part!
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  7. Ali
    November 19, 2013

    I loved reading all of your answers. Following along with your training and your race was so much fun for me! I’m glad to hear that you were into the walk-run thing for the run course. I have my first 70.3 of the season on Saturday, and I’m pretty sure I’m going to be rocking that routine, too.
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  8. Elizabeth @ Positive Change
    November 19, 2013

    I loved following your training so reading the Q&A was great! My husband and I are thinking about doing a full in the near future so this post was really helpful!
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  9. egb
    November 19, 2013

    Great post! It’s really interesting to hear everything that goes into IM training and racing. The logistics kind of baffle me!
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  10. Abi@AbsofSteel
    November 19, 2013

    great post! I can’t get over how crazy amazing it is that people run Ironmans! great job on your time, your training clearly payed off
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  11. CaitlinHTP
    November 19, 2013

    CLIFFHANGER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  12. Laura @ Sneakers and Spatulas
    November 19, 2013

    Such a bummer your siblings won’t write recaps! πŸ™ Can Kelly share what was so hard about training for her? Injury, etc.? I love reading these types of posts. I’m racing my first 70.3 next June and these help me feel more prepared!!
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  13. Kristy @ Kristy’s Health Revolution
    November 19, 2013

    Meghann: I hope you realize how TALENTED you are! I can’t believe how amazing you did – and I hope that doesn’t come off as insulting. I had no doubt you would meet all the cut off times, but 13:05???? Not to mention running a half marathon (faster than I personally have ever run one on my best day) the WEEKEND AFTER!?

    You have blown away any expectations that I had of you. I hope you’re saying, “Suck it, haters” right now, and I hope you know what I mean by that πŸ™‚
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  14. Beth
    November 19, 2013

    Yay! Thanks for answering my questions! I’m so excited to start training and I know that I’m going to want to die after all of it but it will be so worth it. Thanks so much for paving the way. πŸ™‚

    P.S. Did you get my evite?
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  15. Ashley
    November 19, 2013

    Love all your answers…but especially the last one ;). I mean a baby Anderson would be pretty flippin cute!

  16. Coco
    November 19, 2013

    I’ve LOVED reading every post about this and I really really really want to do one someday- I think its more of a 5 year goal at the point.. Your awesome!
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  17. Stephanie
    November 19, 2013

    Great recap and follow up Q&A. I didn’t post this before but I’m wonderin…with the all the busyness are you still making signature meghann meals (crazy but yummy combos/hodge podges) or have you been eating more standard meals? I miss occassional meghann meal recaps because they inspired me in my cooking πŸ™‚

    • Meghann
      November 20, 2013

      My meals have been all over the place lately. I’m starting to find my groove again, but Derek has been a big help in the cooking department lately, so that usually calls for easy to follow recipes that I can email him at work. I’ll work on doing more meal posts πŸ™‚

  18. Jess
    November 20, 2013

    I see you followed the 24 week ironman plan from a book, but you keep referencing a coach. What did the coach provide you? Did he give a plan? Do you think a book was enough or would you pay for a coach in the future?

    • Meghann
      November 20, 2013

      I followed the book for my overall plan of what workouts I should fit in each week and how much distance I should be building each week. However, I did all my swim and track workouts with my team. The coach is really just a friend I referred to as a coach. He coached me in swimming, as well as other general advice for the race. He’s a retired pro-triathlete so he had a lot of great advice. For me, it was nice supplementing the book with the team’s program, which just happened to fit with what the book called for.

  19. Runner Girl Eats
    November 20, 2013

    I loved reading your IM training posts and sitll don’t know how you did it! It is such a committment and such a great accomplishment. I can’t wait to see what you tackle next πŸ˜‰
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  20. Melissa @Tryingtoheal
    November 20, 2013

    Great recap/Q&A of the race! I really enjoyed your recap and am so proud of you for finishing the race! You did an awesome job!
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  21. Sara@RunningInPinkProject
    November 20, 2013

    Amazing Job!!! I cant even wrap my brain around doing something like that. πŸ™‚ Way to go!!!!!
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  22. Jen @ The Happy Homeowner
    November 20, 2013

    I just discovered your blog and this is a perfect first post for me to read as I want to start doing triathlons in 2014! Congrats on completing your race so well! πŸ™‚
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  23. L
    November 21, 2013

    I might get a bit of flack for posting this (I never post comments), but I just got done with Ironman Arizona, and I had a couple of comments on your answers to the Q and A. First of all – if anyone is going to ride in bike shorts on the Ironman bike, they need to make sure their bike fit is done in bike shorts. If you practice in tri shorts, then switch to bike shorts, or vice versa, the height of the pad changes the fit of the bike. Important to know because knee issues creep up over higher distances.

    Also, with the largest number of triathlon deaths occuring during the swim, I find it extremely disturbing you are reccommending the longest nonstop swim you did prior to race day to be 2k. Everyone who tackles IM should be VERY comfortable in the water, particularly open water, if they have the chance. Swimmming the full distance, or at least 3k, in open water, is extremely helpful at combatting the axiety that often accompanies OWS. If you reduce the anxiety and increase fitness, then you can help reduce the deaths in the water at these larger events. I just find it really misleading, and while you are a natural athlete, most who tackle IM trained hard and long, and need to know what they are getting themselves into.

    Congrats on your IM finish.

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