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  1. MissPinkKate
    November 7, 2013

    Thought you might enjoy that shot 😉

    I’d like to hear a little from your siblings, if they’d be willing to write a paragraph or two about their Ironman experience!

    Also, do you have the itch to do another Ironman (either in FL or another location)?

    • Chelle
      November 7, 2013

      I second the siblings – I’m interested in how your training compared to theirs.

  2. Mary
    November 7, 2013

    I would totally do the race for the 140.6 sticker too. And I have felt your pain with that neck chafe…everyone thought I burned it with a curling iron haha! Congratulations on your awesome finish. You almost make me want to sign up for a full. It is the run that intimidates me though. Have fun on the Wine and Dine…that race sounds like a blast!

  3. Ashley
    November 7, 2013

    This is kind of a personal question…but I gain weight at the end of every training session, even for a half. Did you or your siblings gain any weight during training?

    PS: Have SO much fun at the half — you’re crazy! lol

  4. Ali
    November 7, 2013

    Massages are where it’s at for recovery! Hurts like a beast, but well worth it. I’m glad to hear it’s going well! I cannot believe you were wearing heels by Wednesday–go you! I can barely wear heels during training…or, at least, I use training as an excuse to leave them at home. 🙂 Congrats again!
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  5. Madison
    November 7, 2013

    First of all, congrats! I’ve always been a runner, but you’ve inspired me to get into tri’s. That being said, I’ve had a road bike for years, but rarely ride it. I’m terrified of cars, crashing, and going over speeds of about 13 MPH. Were you ever scared of the bike? If so, how’d you overcome these fears?

  6. Larkin
    November 7, 2013

    Meghann, you are so inspiring! I’ve been following your journey all along and you’re making me really want to take the plunge and sign up for an Ironman. 2015 is my year. 🙂 Congrats and I look forward to the Q and A!

  7. Amy @ Run Write Hike
    November 7, 2013

    Are you going to do it again? I know not to ask that 5 days after the race of your life, but I guess do you see yourself training hard to try to even beat your (amazing) time or are you satisfied with one big race?
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  8. Katie B
    November 7, 2013

    Awesome! I’m registered for IMLP and I’m curious what swag is included with registration, since it’s basically my life savings (kidding, sort of). Backpack? Shirt? Medal? Anything else?

    Congrats x1,000,000. I’m so motivated reading your recap.

  9. Theodora
    November 7, 2013

    I COULD not sleep the night after NYCM, either! I woke up at 5:30 the next morning, grinning. My recovery has also been remarkably easy, too! But I still think you’re crazy for running a half this weekend. You know, as if doing an Ironman itself wasn’t crazy enough 🙂
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  10. Megan
    November 7, 2013

    Lol @ the sticker comment. I hope that’s a jab at a blogger who will remain anonymous…

  11. Kayla
    November 7, 2013

    Hey! I’ve been dreaming of doing an Ironman (I live in Madison WI so there’s one right here and it’s SO inspiring every year!) I am just wondering how much money you think you spent total? It’s just so expensive! Also, how did you find your swimming training group? That’s probably my weakest area. Thanks and your race recap really REALLY made me want to try an IM someday!!

  12. Caroline
    November 7, 2013

    Okay, so one more time, a huge CONGRATULATIONS! You are amazing. I can’t believe you were able to complete it alongside your siblings! For me that would make an already amazing day even that much more special. Did you all get into running/tris around the same time? I’d love to hear a bit more about your training – how you picked a plan (and how you felt it worked!) and what sort of base training you were up to/doing before “officially” starting. Would you recommend having a bigger base? And since we’re at it, do you have any tips on getting faster on the bike and/or how to choose “the right” half-ironman or ironman? Just curious…
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  13. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun
    November 7, 2013

    Yum look at all that food! Looks like an amazing reward! I love the finisher jacket and the backpack you got the first day! Congrats again!!
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  14. Laura @ Backstage Balance
    November 7, 2013

    Sounds like a decent recovery so far 🙂 my questions for your Q&A:
    – Would you have changed anything about your pre- or mid-race nutrition?
    – Were you craving any specific foods after you finished?
    – what key advice would you share with someone who is interested in training for an Ironman?
    – Did you use music / headphones during any part of the race (I’m not sure if they allow that at IM?)
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  15. Audrey
    November 7, 2013

    Congratulations!! Your recap brought tears to my eyes!! It must have been such an amazing experience!

    I was just introduced to your blog via Peanut Butter fingers, so if you already discussed this I’m sorry for asking, but I was wanted to know your thoughts on working with a coach vs. going it alone. I read your recap for Augusta, and it didn’t seem like you used a coach for that, so how did the two experiences compare? I am thinking about training for Raleigh and am debating working with a coach. Thanks for any insights you can provide!!

    Also, GO NOLES (and Stanford right now!!!)

    • Laura
      November 8, 2013

      I’m competing in Raleigh 2014 if you are interested in a training buddy! 🙂
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  16. Lisa
    November 8, 2013

    I didn’t say it on the previous post, so I’ll say it hear… CONGRATULATIONS! What an awesome achievement. I started reading your blog about a year ago and have loved being able to follow along on your journey to becoming an Ironman. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. I hope to do one someday too, and reading your blog has made it seem more doable, even though it’s still probably not something I’ll be undertaking in the near future.

  17. Mary
    November 8, 2013

    LOVE that jacket! And how lovely of your coworkers to fill you with donuts! Hehe! The athlete breakfast buffet also looked awesome! Yum!
    Well done again! 🙂
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  18. sarahf
    November 8, 2013

    Congratulations one more time! Wearing heels so soon, your recovery must be going well, I don’t wear heels unless I’m obliged! heh
    In terms of questions: What was the hardest part for you? If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
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  19. Nikki
    November 8, 2013

    Question: how many calories did you consume during the race? (not before and after) what specifically did you eat or drink?

  20. Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs
    November 8, 2013

    Congrats again on such an amazing achievement! I can’t believe you’ve recovered enough to do a half this weekend — I feel like it would take me months to recover haha! Have a great weekend!
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  21. Aishah @ Coffee, Love, Health
    November 8, 2013

    Congratulations, Meghann! You are soooooooooooooooo awesome and so inspiring. I’ve loved watching you accomplish so many amazing goals since your beginning blog days 🙂 Such an inspiration always 🙂

    My question would be, how would you compare your nerves and anxiety in completing an IRONMAN compared to your nerves and anxiety when approaching your first full marathon? To me, a full marathon seems like a huge, scary challenge. Do you think it’s more mental than anything? I used to think a half was insane and now that I have finished one, I’m like hmmm maybe I can actually do a full. I wonder if it’s about mental strength just as much as it is about physical strength and being prepared with the proper training and nutrition.

  22. April
    November 8, 2013

    Congratulations, Meghann! Your journey is so inspiring.

    As for your Q&A, what would you have changed in your training? What was the most helpful in preparing for race day, like the chaos of the swim? I’m a good swimmer, but swimming in open water with thousands sounds a little intimidating.

    Thanks!

  23. Beth
    November 8, 2013

    YAY for Q&A!!!!

    1. Do you think the run/walk helped during the marathon portion?
    2. How bad did your lady parts feel after the 112? (I’m seriously nervous about this. LOL!)
    3. Was the clothing change worth it? Would you do that again?
    4. Did you feel like you were eating a ton on the bike?
    5. Would you do another one? 😉

    Thanks so much for doing a Q&A Meghann! Seriously. HUGE help.
    Congrats again! Enjoy Disney!
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  24. Breanna
    November 8, 2013

    I loved reading all your training recaps and was so excited to read your race recap- so incredibly inspiring and now a half marathon! That does seem crazy but maybe it will feel short after your 13 hours of continuous movement:)

  25. cindylu
    November 8, 2013

    Congrats (belatedly). Those burgers, cookies and donuts look delicious. Your co-workers are awesome.
    Questions: Why do you think you underestimated your finish time by about 2 hours? What would you have done differently during training (if anything). And of course, what’s the next big fitness goal? Do you see a BQ in your future?
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  26. Bethany @ Accidental Intentions
    November 8, 2013

    Whew, girl! A half marathon this weekend! You’re amazing! I would’ve loved to run the Saturday after my marathon, but nothing more than 3 or 4 miles…and that was only a marathon! None of that extra 114.4 mile business!

    My biggest question: what was the time commitment for training like? When I trained for my marathon, especially during the last couple of months, I felt like my. entire. life. was either running, working, or sleeping. How does training for an Ironman compare?
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  27. Lauren
    November 8, 2013

    Good work, Meghann! Completing an IM is an incredible achievement.

    Your wrap-up post inspired me so much. Literally. After I completed my last marathon (which unfortunately involved a major hip injury), I swore that I would never run one again. A couple weeks ago, I started getting the itch to register for another one, but I wasn’t sure that I could do it, mentally — my last race took a lot out of me. Cue your wonderful post. After reading your recap, I rushed right over to the marathon registration page and signed up. Your enthusiasm, fortitude, and humility were *that* infectious. I’m now super excited to start my training in the next few months. Can’t wait to tackle 26.2 again.

    So, in short, thank you! Best of luck with your half this weekend.

  28. Ashley
    November 8, 2013

    Ah! I’ve been following along, partly because I’m doing IMCZ in a few weeks! Looking forward to crossing the finish line, and get my jacket as well!

  29. Runner Girl Eats
    November 8, 2013

    OMG you’re doing a half this weekend?! NUTS. But good luck and enjoy 🙂
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  30. Jill
    November 8, 2013

    Congratulations again, I’ve truly enjoyed following along on this journey.

    How many miles were you able to swim non-stop before training for the Ironman?
    Approx. how many hours a week were you training during your peak weeks.

    Thanks,
    Jill

  31. Rebecca@Running.Food.Baby.
    November 8, 2013

    haha – I love that someone managed to get a picture of the kiss! I definitely giggled when I saw it on the computer 🙂

    Congrats again! Rock that 140.6 sticker! I would!!!
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  32. Casey @ StayingOnPace
    November 8, 2013

    All of that food looks delicious!! Congrats again!
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  33. Lee
    November 8, 2013

    Congratulations! I thoroughly enjoyed reading your race report! So many great details! I am signed up for IMLP 2014 and have completed two halfs over the past year. My big question is related to nutrition on race day. Would you change anything? I know if varies per person and it is important to tweak things while training (as you discover what works and what does not), but I am concerned about getting “sweeted” out on race day or getting to the point I don’t want to eat. So, what would you change or do the same based on your race experience?

  34. claire
    November 8, 2013

    First, congratulations! You rocked your Ironman!

    I wondered if you could talk about why you did so much better than you thought that you would?

    -claire

  35. Katie
    November 8, 2013

    First off, congratulations! You are so inspiring! I shared your recap with my coworker because I was so excited after reading it. I’ve done a few sprint triathlons (actually, I did one on November 2nd, and while biking I kept thinking Meghann is biking right now too! 😉 )

    My question was how did you find time for all the training? I enjoyed your “Day in the Life Of” posts, and it seemed like you were nonstop from the moment you got up in the morning until you went to bed. Specifically, I’m signing up to do the Ironman 70.3 Silverman to celebrate turning 30 (your Augusta recap inspired me to sign up for a half Ironman), and after reading about your IMFL race I would like to make a full Ironman a life goal, but I have a boyfriend who might not want to “share” me with training. Fortunately he runs and bikes already, so I was thinking he could run and bike with me, but I’m not sure he wants to spend all his free time, and time with me (we don’t live with each other), on a bike or running. Did you and Derek discuss what training would be like/entail before you signed up? Or did you plan on having time each week to spend with each other, no questions asked? Or did he see this as a time for him for him to do what he likes to do? Or is he just the most supportive and awesome guy in the history of the universe?

    And on a somewhat different note, what do you recommend someone have already built up for a base before beginning official training, for either a half or full Ironman?

    Have fun at Disneyworld this weekend! You’re such a ROCKSTAR!!

  36. Elizabeth @ Positive Change
    November 8, 2013

    My husband and I have been both thinking about doing an Ironman and would love to know price! We know its a hefty fee from the start but did you spend a lot for gear? We both loved your recap! Good luck with the race, super jealous!
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  37. Amanda
    November 8, 2013

    Congrats again! You have inspired me to start training for my first tri! I’ve always wanted to do an ironman and now it actually seems possible!
    My questions:
    As others have mentioned, would love a recap from Ben and Kelly! It would be great to hear how their experiences differed – also, was their training similar?
    Did you hire a coach for swimming and running or did the swimming group you joined just happen to have a coach?
    Did you wear padded bike shorts?
    Do you think that there were any gluten free options at the rest stops? I have celiac and one of my biggest fears is that I wouldn’t be able to find things I could eat and would need family and friends strategically placed on the routes to feed me, lol.
    That’s all from me! Again, amazing job!! I followed the iron sibling feed all day and was so amazed and inspired! Thank you for sharing your journey!

  38. Kelly @ Kelly the Culinarian
    November 8, 2013

    What was your nutrition plan?
    What’s the one thing you wish you could do differently?
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  39. MissPinkKate
    November 8, 2013

    One more nosy Q- how much are the finishers jackets? I see people talk about how expensive they are; I’m picturing they’re, like, $500 or something, lol.

    • Meghann
      November 14, 2013

      I’ll answer this question here. They were $140. Which I thought was a shit ton for a jacket, but not bad when you compare it to $500.

      • MissPinkKate
        November 14, 2013

        I don’t think that’s bad at all! I was thinking they were, like, $300-400 the way people were talking, lol.

  40. Angela
    November 8, 2013

    I love that you had friends write you notes to read. Did you give them a certain sized piece of paper or just whatever they have?

    • Meghann
      November 9, 2013

      They were a surprise! They gave me a big bag of goodies before the race and the notes were inside with special instructions to stash them in my special needs and gear bags. It was really sweet of them.

  41. Sarah
    November 9, 2013

    Congrats again!! And good luck at Wine & Dine tomorrow!

    I have a bunch of questions:
    1) Will you do another one? If so, soon or will you wait a few years? Will you do Florida again to try for a PR there or will you try another course? Do you see Kona in your future?
    2) What padded shorts do you recommend for the bike?
    3) Are you going to get an Ironman tattoo?
    4) Have you convinced Derek to do a tri? 🙂 I remember you convinced him to do some running races with you a few years ago.
    5) What’s your plan now with swimming? Your swim team seemed really close – will you still swim with them lots/work on your speed or just hang out outside of the pool?
    6) What’s the next goal for the Iron Siblings to tackle together? It is so awesome that you guys motivate and support each other to do amazing things!
    7) Did you have a mantra or visual image to get you through the long training days and/or the race? What was it?

    Sorry for all the questions and thanks for answering 🙂

  42. Sarah
    November 9, 2013

    Because 7 wasn’t enough…:)

    What are the top three pieces of advice you would give the Meghann of 24 weeks ago (when you started the IM training) or to anyone else that is considering a future Ironman?

    Thanks again 🙂

  43. Nikki F
    November 9, 2013

    First of all, Congratulations! I also can’t believe how great you look in every picture, smiling, looking totally fresh. Awesome. I have a couple questions:
    Did you put on any weight during training? I think you look great, but wondered with all the training did you take in a lot more calories and if that affected you in any way.
    Do you think your marathon background helped with your overall race? You seemed to have stayed quite strong in the marathon portion while I’ve read other race reports where the athletes have really fallen apart during the marathon.
    You may have mentioned, but did you have a swim background? I know you said that you are the “slowest” in your training group but you nailed the swim in the race! Just wondering how you started swimming.
    Thanks!

  44. J
    November 9, 2013

    Hi, CONGRATS!!

    This is extremely personal, but, if you feel up for discussing it, I would be extremely interested in learning how, if at all, training affected your sex life? Even if you don’t feel comfortable making a public statement, perhaps you could lose the question and invite reader commentary?

    Thanks and congratulations again.

    • Meghann
      November 14, 2013

      I would love to bring this topic up, but my boss and my MIL read the blog. I’ll try to find a way to work it in though. 🙂

  45. Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner
    November 9, 2013

    One question…now what?

    I love, love, loved reading all your posts about training for the Ironman. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for us readers next!
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  46. Katy
    November 9, 2013

    Congrats!!! I loved stalking you on race day and tracking your progress online. Your recap was amazing as well – almost made it seem easy (which I KNOW was not the case).

    My question has yet to be asked yet — Are you going to start growing your family now that you have this huge accomplishment?? hehehehehe. This is a pattern in my tri-group. Go big, then go home (and make babies!) and take a few years off of serious competition.

    No need to answer that of course ;). Just wanted to say congrats and make you chuckle!

  47. Misspinkkate
    November 10, 2013

    Thought of one more Q! Where will you display your medal? I forget if you have one of those medal holders? Or perhaps at work?

  48. Katie @ balanced RD
    November 10, 2013

    Congrats!! I am so impressed by your dedication 🙂 it looks like you guys had a lot of fun! Enjoy some rest!
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  49. Megan
    November 10, 2013

    Congratulations, Meghann! What an amazing accomplishment!

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