Unfortunately that 11 hr barrier still stands after IMFL. I go back and ask myself... What could I have done differently? What if I didn't get sick around the taper..... What if I went harder on the bike... What if.....
I left it all out there on the course on that race day. And I can't complain too much about a whopping 30 minute PR and huge marathon PR.
A few weeks out I thought about maybe signing up for IMTX again. After some careful consideration and after experiencing "normal" life without training 20+ hrs a week, I've decided that is a big fat he$$ no!
I'm not going to lie and tell you that I'm enjoying my training-plan-less off season. But I will say it feels good to re-prioritize things and to shift focus on the more important things in life. And for now 2013 and beyond= 70.3 distance and below! YAY!