Ironman Texas training is in taper mode now and as I heard on Sunday……DOWN THE STRETCH THEY COME……
That is how I feel right now. I am coming down the home stretch to the finish line. This training cycle has taught me so much about who I am and what I can accomplish. It has taught me how to rely on others for help when needed. It has taught me that I have the absolute best partner in the world in Karen. It has taught me that ‘It’s OK’ no matter what it is. Life isn’t perfect and neither is a training cycle for an Ironman race. My Type A – Ultra Competitive persona doesn’t want to believe that but it is.
Now as we enter Week 2 of 3 for taper I cannot say for sure that all the hay is in the barn. I don’t know that because I have never been through a training cycle for an Ironman. I have trained for 3 Half-Ironman and also for 3 Marathons. When those were nearing their taper I was done training and just wanted it to be over. I don’t feel that way right now about Ironman. I feel strong and confident. I feel prepared physically and to a lesser degree mentally. I am saying that not because I don’t think I can do it, but because I want to know my race plan inside and out. I want to know my fueling plan inside and out. Do I know it already? Yes I do, but I want it to roll of my tongue as easily as my social security number. I want it committed to memory so that if I am 5 minutes faster or slower than my goal time for that discipline that I forget that and move onto the next discipline.
There will be surprises on the course come May 19th, but I want to know my plan so well that the only thing that happens when that surprise is taken care of that I get back to my plan. I am breaking it down into little pieces and parts so as not to be overwhelmed by the enormity of what is going to take place. I cannot focus on others or what their concerns are for they are not mine. My one and only concern is to finish no matter what the day throws at me.
I am staring out my dining room window and I can envision that walk to the swim start. The running to the mount line. The dismount line and seeing Karen, Lesley, Shannon, Jeff and many others in T2. Running the 3 loops of the marathon and seeing them all over and over and over again and gaining momentum and strength from their encouraging words even if I look like diddly-poo (Jim Mora anybody?)
In a few days I will run my goals post and have a great giveaway to go with it so be sure to check it out. Look for it on Thursday.
Thank you for reading and watching my video of Weeks 19 and 20.
- Swim: 5.1 miles
- Bike: 223.3 miles
- Run: 20.4 miles
- Swim: 4.8 miles
- Bike: 115.5 miles
- Run: 21.97 miles
- Swim: 100.5 miles
- Bike: 2536.7 miles
- Run: 566.6 miles