Tapering is the period of reduced training leading into a competition that
allows you to “freshen up” and be in a position to produce your best
performance. The main idea behind a taper is to “back off” the volume of
training to reduce the fatigue and allow full recovery while still doing enough
training to maintain the fitness components necessary for competition

(took this from http://www.nswis.com.au/ArticleDocuments/234/Tapering.pdf)

That is the book definition. Here’s my definition:

i) Tired all the time. I sleep for 7-8 hours and I still get up tired.

ii) Time slows down. Today is Wednesday and it feels like the whole week has gone by. I can’t wait till tomorrow when I start my trip.

iii) Fresh. On Mon I did a 4 x 3 min on the trainer. I was at zone 3. My legs were just ripping it. I have to control myself to slow down.

iv) Hungry. Since I am training less, I should be eating less. I gained 2-3 lbs since my taper. Stomach is hungry all the time.

v) Doubt. I have to remind myself that I can swim, bike and run long. I have to remind myself I sign up for an Ironman b/c it is hard..not b/c it is easy.

Yesterday I went to the pool since my accident. Can I swim? Kinda.

When I swing my right arm, I have to twist my upper body to compensate for the pain. It looks like I am wiggling in the water than swimming. I feel very comfy in the water. Maybe that’s because I am just happy to be dipping in the chlorine bath again. I did 10 laps and I got out.

I spent this week doing preparation. Logistics for family to come down. Last night took my bike to the shop (my gears are skipping). Got all my nutrition ready….

Here’s my race strategy: Treat the swim, the bike and the first half of the run as one long training day. The last half of the run is where the race begins!

I will do another post tomorrow before I head down to Lake Placid. If you are at Lake Placid, I will be on at the Gatorade Bag Check in on Fri at 7:30 am with Darren and Sheila. We will be doing a morning dip.

In case I don’t have time to post before I head down to Ironman USA… my number is 280. You can track me on Ironmanlive on Sun to see my progress.


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