An ice bath. When I came across the line at Muncie, just this side of retarded, I made my first trip to the med tent, hoping beyond hopes they were generous with their IV's. But to no avail, I settled for ice and was thrilled.
Second, low fat chocolate milk with Amino Acid Powder for recovery. It's a little 'thick' but it's cold and I must force it down before anything else.
Third, a Coke with lots of ice. A regular, full sugar, full caffeine Coke. By this time my gut is going to explode but I just can't help myself...it tastes so freakin good. AND it is NOT beyond me to stop at a Sonic in the middle of a ride for a large Coke, water with lots of ice to replen and two packets of salt because I had forgotten the goods at home. They do look at you a little weird but then again walking around in 'public' in that uniform, you're bound to get a few looks.
Fourth, a nap, not a huge one, give me 20-30 minutes and I'm human again.
Finally, and unrelated to anything - does anyone else think that ITU/Draft Legal Tri is weird? I watched one today and it's a team sport, as opposed to individual...at least that's what it seems like to me. At that point, just run a 10K and race your heart out. I shouldn't be so critical, I may LOVE it but it seems to be designed for runners...so maybe NOT.