I will say 8 weeks was just not enough time for me to recover and prepare for another IM. I am also a RD for a very large event that took place in September. I found the ten days before Pumpkinman and the week after stressful and all consuming. In fact, many of my long rides (and runs) were done with my phone attached to my hip and I was texting myself messages at stop signs. To say I was distracted is an understatement.
I went to Kona ten days pre-race, took in everything, and had an unbelievable overall experience.
Here is a link to my blog if you are interested in reading about my adventures in Kona.
2015 Betty Designs Team
RD, The Pumpkinman Triathlon Festival