Sunday, October 18, 2009

Bring On The Taper!


I think that this last weekend was the busiest weekend that I can remember in a long time. What does the weekend of busy mom and triathlete look like?

Friday night: Meet friends at pumpkin patch. Take photos of all of the kiddos in their costumes. Dinner and ice cream. Home after 9 pm.

Saturday: Up early to run 20 miles. Straight from run to company picnic with whole family. Spend day at picnic, run errands and then dinner with training buddy and his family. Home after 9 pm.

Sunday: Up early to do a 7 hour brick (6 hour bike, 1 hour run). Home in time to shower before babysitting for friends and making dinner for my parents, who come over every Sunday to see us and the boys. Asleep right after boys.

Whew! [Note: this would not be possible without my incredible husband who is also an amazing father!]

Needless to say, my closet is a mess, the mail is piling up and I am so ready for this taper! The good news is that I feel ready. I know in my bones that I can finish this race. I have “seen” the finish line on many runs and bike rides. I have practiced my nutrition. I have logged the hours. All there is to do now is let my body recover by dialing back the hours so that it can be at its peak performance in less than 3 weeks.

I am going to do my best to not worry about things that I cannot control (like weather, although good vibes for good weather would be greatly appreciated) and spend this time in a productive way – packing lists, spending time with my family, sleeping, and not gaining 5 pounds by still eating like I am logging 20 hour weeks, etc.

What does a perfect race day look like to me?

One where I cross the finish line.

Preferably with no injuries, no mechanicals, no rain and the wind at my back!

Mileage for Week Ending 10/18/09
Swim: 7000 yards in 3:00 [2 workouts]
Bike: 167 miles in 9:56 [5 workouts, 1 brick]
Run: 46.7 miles in 7:19 [4 workouts, 1 brick]
Total Time: 20:15


Jamie said...

Enjoy the taper! It can be just as stressful as the training if you let it, but have fun and relax.

The hard part is done.

Kelly said...

Woo-hoo!!! Taper time. Don't forget to rest and relax during this time!!

Kelly said...

Hey, Anne!! You won the Whoohagear giveaway!!! Shoot me an email at kcovert1(at)twcny(dot)rr(dot)com, and I'll send you the code!! Congrats...what great timing!

sallyaston said...

That was a huge week of training! Well done! You are getting so close!
Sally (riorio from BT)

Brittany M. said...

SUPER WEEK! Wow, that's some solid training. I hear you on the mail piling up and feeling like a tornado hit the house. SO ready for taper, and nearly nearly there. We're going to rock it. Looking forward to seeing you out there. I plan on staying as long as I can to cheer folks on, though I think you'll be pretty close to me!

Kevin said...

Congrats on getting through the tuff stuff! Put all that hard work in the vault and enjoy now until the big day!

Trishie said...

Jamie is right -- the hard part is done. You've logged the miles -- in the water, on your bike, and in your running shoes -- and now it's time to let your body recover and get ready for what is sure to be a fantastic race !

Trishie said...

2 weeks !! YAY!!