So I got off the bike, headed for some shade and stopped for a bit to drink and cool off. Then I couldn't get back on because it was too steep so I just walk/ran my bike up to the aid station where I immediately went under the tent where they were storing the water.
In the middle of this, as I'm running down Main Street, I see some bikers coming back in. They haven't made the cutoff and they look sad. One of them is a friend I did a few training rides with. I had passed her around the 20 km mark on the bike course and didn't see her on the "out and back" section so I wasn't exactly surprised. But it turns out that it wasn't that. I had taken that section slow enough that she had made time up on me. But on the way back into town some gal fell off her bike right in front her and collapsed. So she stopped to help her. And ended up being stuck there for about 45 min. because it took that long for an ambulance to show up.
It's a very good thing she did stay with the dehydrated gal, too, as at one point she came too and decided she needed to walk somewhere. She kept trying to walk out into traffic! But my friend stopped her and kept her alive until the ambulance came. Then she road back into town but missed the bike cutoff by 30 minutes. But I didn't learn this until much later.
At Mile 12, I need Advil. This is not good. I hadn't planned to take any on the bike and none on the run until the turn around. But the Rock Sauce alone isn't cutting it.
I take my last Advil.
As I head back into town, two ambulances pass me with flashing lights. I don't know how I know it, but I know The Prez is in one of them. I am both relieved (no one should die going an Ironman) but also sad.
I also find the Rock Sauce isn't working very much any more. Stretching doesn't help either.
I get to mile 22 and I'm back in town and two things happen.
Oh yeah, I do still have a race to run. I'm kind of not carrying at this point because I am so happy. But I'm glad I kept on because later on I figure out that I negative split my run by 50 seconds!
It's hard to sleep though as I'm still hungry and also have to pee a lot and also my legs hurt. At some point, I remember my ice packs and I crawl out of bed to sleep with them trying not to wake my mom. I drink some OJ too.