Sep 22

Life After Ironman

First off, most of you probably know how obsessed I am with The Office.  I can’t get enough of it. (TWSS)  Granted, this last season has been nothing but crap, but I can (and do) watch the early season reruns over and over and over (ask Jennie).  If you haven’t seen the first episode, watch this quick clip.

So, why am I talking about The Office? Because after finishing IMWI, I was surprised with a freaking awesome present.  Jon, aka. The Professor, and all around uber cool blogger stealthily shipped me a finishers present which Jennie somehow managed to keep secret. So, without further adieu, feast your eyes on what now sits on my desk, next to my computer monitor.

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Kind of hard to read, but it says Kevin Neumann and then Paper Company below it

I think that pretty much sums it up.

Jon, you rock!

Now that I have finished this race, I can rightfully wear all of the cool IMWI gear that I bought.  Shockingly, I hadn’t unpacked any of my schwag until tonight.  Not sure why I kept putting it off, but I’ve just been so busy with work that it has been sitting in a bag.

As it was my first IM, I went a little overboard at the Ironman store. I ended up with two bike jerseys because I liked last year’s pattern better.  Normally I don’t buy previous year clothing unless I race the previous year, but it doesn’t have a year on it anywhere so I figured it would be OK.  Last year’s jersey is in the top left and is a nice quality K-Swiss cow print jersey. This year’s jersey is an orange/black pattern but for some reason they switched to a different brand that doesn’t appear to be quite as nice as the K-Swiss brand.  Oh well.  It’s my first IM so I had to spring for it and the bike shorts.  I got a pint glass to add to my collection as well.  Even Bailey scored some race garb with a M-Dot dog leash.

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On Monday, once they put out the finisher’s gear, we went back to the store.  This meant waking up at 5:30AM (after roughly 5 hours of sleep).  My main goal was to get the coveted finisher’s jacket.

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Mission accomplished!

What’s Next

Well, with IMWI in the books, my 2011 triathlon season has wound to a close. My winter coat leg hair is slowing growing back in and the weather is cooling off.  So, what is coming up for me in the rest of 2011?

Blog Title

A lot of you asked in the comments about the blog title.  At this point, I have no plans on changing it.  I do hope to roll out a new blog layout and header in the near future though, so stay tuned for that.


I’ve started back up with some training.  I was actually in great shape after the race and was feeling about 90% by Wednesday.  I really felt no worse after IMWI than I do after a marathon.  Sort of weird to think about, but the swimming and biking don’t pound on the body like running does so it kind of makes sense.  I did some light workouts at the end of last week to loosen up my legs.  However, this week I was itching to see what my legs could do.  I did an hour tempo ride on Monday followed by an 8 mile tempo run yesterday.  My legs felt absolutely awesome – almost better than they did before the race.  I’ve still been maintaining a 3-day a week schedule at the pool mainly because I find it is a good way to break up the work day. 

At this point, I don’t have a structured workout plan that I am following at all.  I have a general idea in my head of what I’m going to do each day, but it isn’t set in stone and will adjusted depending on the weather and how I feel.


While my triathlon season is done for 2011, I am planning on doing a few more running races.  The Grand Rapids Marathon is coming up in October. I’m hoping to do at least the half marathon if not the full.  I’m going to test my legs out this weekend to see how much distance they still have in them and go from there.  Jennie and I also have a couple 5k’s and other races planned to round out the year.

Cycling-wise, there is a century ride that I was hoping to do but it is the Saturday before the Grand Rapids Marathon.  If I decide to do the half marathon, I may still do the ride, otherwise it is probably out for this year.

Finally, it has been 10 days since I finished, so I figured it was finally time to remove my last token from the race.

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This closes the chapter on Ironman Wisconsin… and starts the chapter on Ironman Mont Tremblant!

Thanks for reading!

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  1. Matt Oravec

    Good stuff. We behaved a bit on the purchases. I wish Rev3 had KSwiss gear, that stuff fits me PERFECTLY. Oh well.

    Yeah, I was telling Heather last night that I feel better now than I did during IM training. Weird. I also weigh about 10lbs lighter now than I did on race day… seriously, tapers just royally kick my butt.

    We have a 13.1 this weekend and then we are gunning to push the pace a bit on the 13.1 we are doing 10/9. No more marathons for me this year haha. D U N DONE!
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  2. lindsay

    how many mortgage payments did that set you back? 😉 that’s some serious shopping! i’m glad this year’s jersey is orange. you need some variety.

    you do need to change your footer. at least strikethrough the ‘future’.
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  3. Matt Smith

    Hah! I remember the last thing you said to Jenn at the Steelhead Expo, and that was, “You’d better take away his credit card.” It looks like Jennie should have taken away yours by the amount of stuff you got! Actually, I would have done the same thing! That’s some nice gear you got there.

    Nice work on keeping the body moving. I thought about running that marathon, but I didn’t start training soon enough. The half might be fun though.

    Jenn and I love The Office too. I wonder what it’ll be like this season without Michael. I guess we’ll see.

    Switchfoot = 1 week from today.
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  4. BDD

    How were the prices at the tent? Looks like alot of well deserved and earned gear. I would do the same

    Have fun racing on my Bday
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  5. adena

    Love the mug and love the gear! Such an amazing accomplishment! Can’t wait to see what next year holds for you.
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  6. Annie

    Your non plan sounds like a good plan. I am hoping The Office is better this season, guess we will find out tonight.

    Can’t wait till IMMT!
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  7. Jon

    My goodness you racked up on the SWAG! Nice!

    Glad you are recovering well. Enjoy your time off. Training for IMMT is gonna be here before you know it. We are going to have fresh new pavement for the entire bike course. They are ripping up the roads right now. Its gonna be sweet!

    That dude who made you the mug is awesome! 😉
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  8. Morgan

    That is freaking awesome!
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  9. Heather

    Cool gear! Love the finishers jacket. I am anxiously awaiting mine to arrive in the mail 😉 Poor Matt bought the same jacket pre-race not knowing they would be selling the “finishers” version afterwards. Maybe if he’s lucky I will get it embroidered for him.

    Glad Bailey got a gift out of it too! I love the IM dog gear! Where is Jennie’s gear?

    Awesome that your legs are feeling good! Is Jennie going to to the half mary with you (or you with her)?

    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      MattyO got hosed!!! That sucks! The same thing (on a smaller scale) happened to me at Steelhead. I bought a hat only to get home to find that we given one for free in our packet. fail.

      Jennie has some race plans of her own up her sleeve, so I probably shouldn’t divulge without her permission 😉 haha How is that for a cliffhanger?

      PS: I’m Jennie’s IM “gear” 😀

  10. Viper

    Again nicely done. And it’s nice to see some decent gear. That’s a pretty sweet jacket. Cheers!
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  11. Jeff Irvin

    Jon is the man! Great gift! I cannot wait for the season premier tonight – and i agree that last season sort of sucked. Hopefully they can turn it around starting tonight!

    That is a lot of swag dude. You are going to be m-dotted out for quite some time!
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  12. Alexa

    I knew you were getting that mug! Heehee!

    Look at ALL THAT GEAR!!!!!!!!!!!

    I have done 2 workouts since Ironman.. just haven’t felt it so I’m not forcing it. I am also planning on doing some running races this fall!
    Alexa recently posted..Ironman Wisconsin Race Report

    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      You kept the secret too!!!!! Ugh! Everyone knew except me! I hate that! haha

      My attitude towards workouts seems to be directly proportional to the weather. The nice the day, the more apt I am to want to do something. It is gloomy today (and I have a sore throat) which means I will probably sit on my ass.

      BBT TONIGHT!!!

  13. Jason @ Cook Train Eat Race

    Even the folllow-up to the race report is awesome.

    That is a ton of sh*t you got there…..nobody would ever mistake you for not being an Ironman with all that swag.

    The question is do I get more when my journey culminates in May……..
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    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      I think the only way you could get more is if you buy two of everything. haha! I swear that they can (and will) put an M-dot on anything and it will sell.

  14. peter takeda

    cool mug. now when somebody steals it, it should make easy finding
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    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      I work from home. So, if anyone steals it, either the dog or my wife is to blame! haha

  15. Mandy

    That is awesome about Jon’s gift!! I love the office, but I don’t think it is as good with Will Ferrel. I am a purist.

    Do you love Office Space as well? That movie, I could watch 1000 times.

    I got the jacket – but mine didn’t have the FINISHER on the back. Which sucks. I am thinking of getting it put on 🙂 It was on the front though. Porter got a collar (before he was Porter) and that was about it. OH I got the M-Dot necklace from Big Island Jewelers, so THAT sort of ate up most of my $. But it was worth it 🙂
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    1. Ironman By Thirty (Kevin)

      Ummmm… Office Space? Only one of the greatest movies EVER made! Love that movie! Haven’t seen it in a while though – might have to put that on the list.

      You totally need to get “finisher” embroidered on there – in the largest font you can fit!

      The necklace is awesome schwag. Don’t think it would work for me though 😉 haha

  16. katie

    bwahahaha, i love the picture of all your stuff, i am SURE i am going to do the same thing. 🙂
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  17. Derek

    what a pull on the gear !!!!
    nice work

    Awesome present and mug Jon got … so cool

    nice jacket
    gotta get me one of those 🙂


  18. Aimee (I Tri To Be Me)

    I love that you got all of that stuff! I’m sure my picture will be just like yours come November! 🙂
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  19. Colleen

    I love all the gear. How can you not buy it? 🙂

    So, totally off subject, but while you were racing in Wisconsin, I spent the weekend with Ben Semeyn. We talked a lot about you two racing together. You were even suggested on FB as a tag for pictures of him. I laughed about that. I don’t know if he’s running Grand Rapids or not, but if you end up ever meeting him, tell him you know us!

    Enjoy the post Ironman high… it should still be around a little at this point!

  20. ELizabeth

    You won’t need to buy new clothes for years now with all that M gear. Like the little redesign on the site too.
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  21. Gina

    Love your swag! Ironman by 30…wooHOO! I just attained IM by 40..ha!
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