The long answer:
After our Ironman, we spent the next day going to the Athlete's Village one more time to buy some official "Ironman" gear (it didn't feel right buying too many things prior to the race, so we bought most of our stuff after). Then we left town and our first Ironman experience was really over.
I was relatively sore the next 2-3 days so it didn't really bother me that we weren't working out as much and that we were easing back in. Going back to work was a bit rough, because it meant that my summer was over.
After a short 1 mile OWS race, with age group wins, the post-Ironman blues really started to set in.
I feel like I am in a fog and I can't get out of it. Even the start of marathon training hasn't brought me out of it. Our runs are going really well and I thought yesterday that I felt better after a great early morning run, but then the feeling left me.
First ride back after the race
I have cried a few times, for pretty much no reason other than I think about our Ironman, the training and all of the time that we put into it. I don't want to be sad about it, I want to be happy that we accomplished our goal and that now we can move on to bigger and better things.
Unfortunately, there is always the part of me that worries that it will never be the same again. That I will never get that feeling again, and in all honesty I still haven't gotten the "I am amazing" post-Ironman feeling. I know that it is a big deal, we accomplished something that not many people can say that they have and we did it well.
I never in a million years thought that I had a 13:20:28 first Ironman finishing time in me. I should be really proud of that fact. Some people just hope to finish, and others don't even finish what they started.
I felt the same way after our first marathon, which did not go well, so I know that the post-Ironman blues will dissipate eventually. Mike and I have a lot of fun things coming up, a half marathon, a marathon and all of our triathlons next year.
I'll just keep trying to get back to "normal" (I am far from normal) in whatever way that I can, and for now be alright with the fact that it is going to take some time.