One of the comments I wanted to address and see if the feedback is consistent with my answer. Here is the comment (highlighted in yellow):
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Nelly basically asked what is harder/more painful - Ironman or a Marathon?
What is funny is that this has been the most common question I have received since the race on Saturday. I have received a bunch of emails and phone calls from friends and they all have asked the exact same thing.
So, in my opinion, what is harder?
Marathon x 10.
Racing a Marathon is 26.2 miles of sheer agony. The last 25% of the marathon is by far the most pain I have ever experienced athletically. Something about the 26.2mi race that just utterly destroys the human body. It is the perfect distance for pain.
Now, notice I used the phrase "Racing" a Marathon. Six weeks ago I ran the Houston Marathon with my wife. It took us exactly one hour longer to complete than it did for me at the Woodlands Marathon. This was much easier for me that Ironman. In fact, I was running the next day with very little soreness.
With this in mind the answer is not really all that simple. In my N=1 experiences maybe I just did not race as hard during my lone Ironman and the comparisons are not even fair? No doubt that the marathon was more painful but was my effort the same for the Ironman?
Now I have confused myself.
Nelly, if it is okay with you, let's shelf my answer of "Marathon x 10" for now and I will get back to you at the end of August when I am done with Ironman Mont-Tremblant. Because I am going to race this sucker with all I got!
What do you guys think - Ironman or Marathon?
Thanks for Reading,