Ah, if only I had more time....
I feel I am finally getting some "speed" on the bike, my open running is going super, my bricks are becoming more manageable, and my OW swims panic-free. Part of this all is that I have developed some sport specific confidence. The other part is that my body and mind have gotten used to training.
I continue to learn a lot - like how sitting tucked in on the bike gave me almost a mile/min increase in speed on today's ride, like how I swim faster and faster the longer the distance (if only my arms did not hurt!) up to a point, of course, like how pain comes and goes during workouts and I can just go with it, all in the present, without worrying that I am going to crash and burn.
Yet I feel I am running out of time. I would love to have another month or so to train before the race. The knowledge and experience I have gained would help me become a much stronger triathlete. And maybe with the extra time I would become more comfortable eating and drinking on the bike, without having to slow down as much. But, alas, it is what it is, and in 2 weeks I am going to toe the line and hope for a good day.
Taper started this week. My training plan (a combo of the HIM training from "Championship triathlon training, Advanced training for peak performance" by Dallam & Jones, which I used for swimming and biking, and Hudson's "Run Faster" marathon plan with 6 days of running and peak @ 60 miles) has me taper running for 2 weeks, and biking/swimming for 1 week. So this week I am going from 55-59 miles running on average, to 36. My biking is peaking at 2X40 miles and 1X72 miler + 2 mile run. My swimming is peaking at 2X3200 yards and 1X4000 yards. And then next week I do close to nothing, 24 miles running, 20 miles biking, 2 miles swimming. Good thing I have to prepare for a conference and pack for Vermont and for our work/fun trip to Romania.
My body has been so strong through this training. It can take a lot. I am proud of it. I managed not to get sick (so far) except a little sore throat for the past few days, but nothing that affects my energy level. I feel so strong and fit and healthy, and I love it. I am excited for the race, though nervous and underprepared (even though I trained a lot!). These 2 weeks I am going to work on getting myself mentally ready for the race. Hopefully, that will help me feel less underprepared. Will see!
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