Thanks for taking time to answer questions, very generous of you. I'm hoping to get into Utlraman Florida for my 40th birthday in a couple years.
Do you know how many people actually enter to participate? My understanding is they take 40 racers. What did you do to recover each night of the event, any ice baths?
yes they take 40 entrants - you need to submit a race resume - but as long as you've an Iron distance event and ideally some other endurance stuff, you will be good. In this year's contingent, there were many people who had done epic things. One guy did 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents (this was the guy that challenged me for the win, you can imagine that during the run, the fact that he was so experienced at ultra running convinced me that he would not make a mistake, and I was right!). That guy also did Norseman. Another guy did 7 Ironmans in 7 days in the canarys. A few RAAM people.
For recovery, I focused on eating a lot during each stage and after. After day 1 I drank 2 x ensure and a whole bowl of rice mixed with condensed milk (must have been 1500 calories or so). We had a 45 minute drive back to the hotel, and I just sat in the back of the Dimond Van in my normatec boots. When we got back, I ate more and then sat in the hot tub for a long time. I also did baths with epsom salts. I didn't do any ice baths, mainly because I wasn't sore at all (until after the run anyway). Most other athletes did do ice baths.
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