Saturday, April 25, 2015
Peak Weak is over...HEEELLLOOOOO Taper!
I saw this on the FB page for my tri club, and it is probably going to be accurate as the final weeks to IMTX unfold...but we shall see :)
I concluded the bulk of my training today, there are no more build weeks, and I survived Peak Week (the week with the highest volume in a training plan, for those non-tri folks). It actually went really fast and really well! I had my long swim on Thursday night, and other than getting a horrible case of black line syndrom, it wasn't too bad! I was grateful when the aqua Zumba class started in the lane next to me, because let's just say they provided the entertainment for the second half of that long swim :)
Yesterday I took the day off with the intents of getting my bike off the trainer and doing my 100 miler outside. Well, wouldn't you know it, we woke up to wind and rain. Dangit! I wasn't happy about that, but guess what? The ride still has to get done! So, I was trainer bound. I loaded up my TV tray next to my bike with 6 hours of water, and all the fuel that I need for my mammoth ride and then got the remotes all situated and I was good to go! Netflix is a thing of beauty for occasions like this!
You know what? It really wasn't that bad! I don't know why, but last week's 90 miler seemed more painful than this one! Now don't get me wrong, it wasn't fantastic, but it was bearable. Of course I would have preferred being outside, but this wasn't pure torture either! With the kids at school and IronSherpa at work, I had the whole day to ride away, no interruptions or anything else, so it worked out well that way!
Today was my long run. It was supposed to be just 16 (you know you are training for an IM when you say "just" 16) but earlier in the week someone posted on FB about giving their bib away for the Striders 30 k (18.6 miles) race up in Eden. I figured why not? I might as well have someone else lay out the support for me, run with a group and get a medal at the end, and what's a few extra miles? So, I did just that and had a blast. I decided to really make sure I treated this as what it was, a training run, I really made sure to keep it reigned in, and kept a good comfy pace. I woke up with my butt and legs already tired from yesterday's ride, so I knew not to expect much. I was pretty bummed by all the people that passed me the first half of this run, but ya know what? I passed them in the last 3-4 miles! I was proud of myself for keeping a good conservative pace and being able to run the entire thing with the exception of the few aid stations. I finished feeling strong too. Yes, I was tired, but this run didn't totally kill me either. I love it when you see training pay off in small ways like this!
With that, my Peak Week ended! Now, I have to say, this makes me sad and excited at the same time! Sad because I know that this journey is quickly coming to an end and I have loved every moment of it. I have loved what I have discovered about myself this past year, and I have loved the training. I have been pleased with how with a specific goal in mind (one that has scared the crap out of me) I have never been more consistent in my training and I have seen results. I have loved pushing my body week after week and seeing it do so well and bounce back and maintain injury free status! I tell ya, the human body is the most amazing thing ever! I am also sad because I still don't know what I want to do post IM. I know that there are always more races and heaven knows I will do them, but I don't know what else will live up to this kind of journey, if that makes any sense.
I am also so excited that the hard work is basically done! On the way up to Eden for the race this morning the song Hall of Fame by the script came on. I seriously started bawling as I listened to it and was visualizing race day. I am so freaking excited for it! I know what it will be something else, and the unknowns are always there, but I know that I have put in the majority of the work, and I am excited to see what the day holds.
So, bear with me the next couple weeks. I feel like I need the first pic printed on a t-shirt and use it as fair warning for people that have to deal with me the next few weeks :)
In the meantime, Happy training, racing and TAPERING all!