Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Taper Madness


Oh taper madness, you have me firmly in your grip. It seems like I have an awful lot of free time, and I already miss the pounding workouts. I'm taking plenty of recovery and getting lots of rest. I know that a week from Sunday I'm going to be as prepared as possible to tear up that course. The nerves are not really rocking yet, so everything is proceeded as it should.

What I don't know right now is how I'm going to feel a week from Monday. This will likely be my last attempt at 140.6, so I'm about to have a lot of free time. Free time doesn't sit very well with me, I get antsy and anxious about it. Ironman has been the goal, the destiny, for a long time now. After this one I'll have to find a new goal, and I'm not sure what that is going to be yet.  Athletically, yes, I'm going to be chasing some more trail ultramarathons, and I'll still have the 50 state thing going on. But I still feel like this is a major chapter in my life that is ending and I'm not sure how to feel about that.

I'm also pretty sure that I'm going to project that wind of change into some other area of life, so I have no idea how that's going to play out or what's coming up next personally or professionally.

So now you know how destructive a mind can be during taper. Don't let it go to waste!  I'm going to try and focus now on turning in the best race I possibly can at Rev3 Cedar Point and having a great trip to Ohio.  Be sure and let me know if you're coming! Trying to line up some social events for Saturday, since there will be so many of the Rev3 age group team and other friends in town.

6 comments:

Kenley said...

Tapering can def have an impact on your mind. I know it does mine. You go from doing so much to so little. And I always gain weight. lol. Rest well and kick butt. Best wishes.

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Tapering always messed with me, too. I would feel more achy and just off! It's tough to adjust to a different level of activity! I hope that you have a great race and I would not be surprised if you had to eat your words and tell us you are doing another IM. ;)

Josi Bunder said...
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Abby said...

Taper is a beast.
Every little thing feels a million times worse, every emotion a million times more severe.
I get the taper crazies bad before a full. I am sure they must be nuts pre-ironman.

Amy - the gazelle said...

I read, "athletically I'm going to be chasing some tail..." and was impressed and confused. :)

Laura Frey said...

You got it!! PS love the graphic!