In trying to plan out my first IM (Tremblant 2012!) I'd like to arrive and depart on the ideal days for compromise between my 3Fs ("freshness," fitness and finances.) In other words how late would you care to arrive to an IM, and how soon would you leave, assuming you couldn't afford to lounge around a few weeks on either side of the event? One common theme I have heard folks say is they'd rather leave the day after rather than twos days because of the DOMS factor. Have you found that to be true, too?