It’s Taper Week

So we all know that we must rest our bodies and especially our minds before a race.  The word taper can bring about thoughts of ‘have I done enough’ or ‘man, I really need this rest right now.’  Either way it is unavoidable and if you don’t taper you are running the risk of throwing all your hard work down the drain.

With that in mind I have finally succumbed to the idea of taper.  The idea that my coach has prepared me for this race.  The idea that my body is physically ready and I can use this week to get mentally ready.  Use this week to review the splits that my coach has prepared in order to reach my goal time of 3:29.  I have looked at my schedule for this week and it is all 30 minute taper runs.  Tomorrow involves 4×90 intervals, then Wednesday has 3×90 and Thursday is 2×90.  Friday is off and then Saturday is a quick 30 minute ‘jog.’

Today was to be a 45 minute recovery spin but last night my legs felt very heavy from the 13 mile run on Sunday.  I sent a text to my coach and asked if I could do a 1,000y swim in addition to the 45 minutes spin.  I positioned it as a 200y W/U, 600y M/S, 200y C/D.  She said yes to that and I felt great about it.  The swim really help loosen me up in terms of the non-pounding.  If you have been reading my blog since mid-September you know how much I am a sinker and not a swimmer so for me to ask to do a swim was big, and one that my coach probably just jumped on to get me in the water.

I got up at 4:30am to have some breakfast and hit the pool by 5am.  I was sitting down having some toast and coffee when the lights flickered.  Thought nothing of it, and headed to the gym.  The gym is pitch black but I look in the window and I see people in there so I say….let’s go.  In I went and looked in the pool and there were people in there.  I got in the water and probably had the best swim I have ever had.  I did the 200y W/U in 4:06, then I did 500y in 10:04 (500y instead of 600y you are asking….well the coffee didn’t want to stay inside me so I went to the restroom) and then the 350y finale was 8:07 (350y you ask?  Yes, I can’t keep count in the water….Caratunk Girl has provided me with a device that I STILL have not purchased.)  All in all I had a great swim in terms of time.  For me to do 2:07/100y is a slight miracle and I loved it.

Got out to get on the spin bike for 45 minutes and they kicked us out of the gym.  Oh well, do the 45 minutes at home on the trainer.  Rocked the trainer while reading a book to a tune of 7.7 miles.  Very slow but just what the doctor ordered for my legs.

I come home from the coffee shop where I stage my Marathon Makeover office.  I am prepared to relax and put up a post regarding tapering and my recovery needs when I checked the mail.  Uh-Oh…..big mistake.

In the mail was this:

2010 Hawaii Ironman Commemorative Issue of Lava Magazine

How am I supposed to relax now?  Stories of going long.  Pictures of elite athletes.  Discussions of new gear…..SERIOUSLY I am supposed to relax right now and not jump on the bike and pedal to the wheels comes off….so that I can buy a pair of Zipps that were in the magazine?  REALLY?!?!?!?!?

In addition to that you may have asked what was I reading while on the trainer.  Well I am reading this currently:

The Long Run by Matt Long with Charles Butler

I am more than halfway done with it and it is so moving, inspirational and just a great story of the human spirit.  It makes me want to go out there and run, and swim and bike because I can.  Because I am healthy.  Because I am a triathlete.  Because I am an example to those who say they can’t.

AAAAHHHHH…….This taper just got harder.

But let me say this….This book is so good that I am thinking of doing a giveaway of this book along with 17 Hours and ask that the winner pay them forward and host a giveaway of them as well.  That is how good these books are.  Be on the lookout for that giveaway in a week or so so that I can get it to the lucky winner in time for Christmas.

BUT in the meantime take a look at the right side-bar for my current giveaway for The Distance:  A Triathlete’s Journey.  Great movie that will also motivate and inspire you do to great things.

By the way here is my recover:

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  1. Allison says:

    I was just thinking as I was reading… you should do a giveaway on that book! HAHA – great minds think alike!

    Very excited to meet you on Saturday :) The place you picked is one of my FAVS!!!

    What time were you out at WR on Sunday? I did 10 but it was late afternoon 3:30ish…..

  2. Julie @ Hotlegs Runner says:

    90 miles??? just kidding =)

    I want it to be Sunday already! fast forward button please!!!

  3. Caratunk Girl says:

    The long run is on my Christmas list!

    Tapering is just hard sometimes. But your body needs it, as you know. I have The Distance, it is good. It won't help you taper at all.

    We have the same recovery strategy! :)


  4. Emz says:

    nice "recover" love it.

    I [finally] love tapers.

  5. Jeff - DangleTheCarrot says:

    HAppy taper week. I got my Lava last week and it was ripped to shreds by the post office? I was still able to read some of it but was PO'd. Lots of ads for gear in that sucker – I like gear ads!

  6. Jason says:

    Allison/Caratunk – it is going to happen in terms of the giveaway so be on the lookout. It is too good to keep to myself. I can't put it down.

    Julie – 90 miles is for EMZ. Not there just yet.

    Jeff – I just flipped through it quickly to get to TriMarni's article and avoided all ads as best I could. Saw LOTS of Zipps as I was trying not to look.

  7. Jon says:

    Good golly I have only gotten about 20 pages into the latest edition of Lava since it has been 20 pages of ZIPP adverts! haha!

    Did you see the page listing the equipment choices @ Kona? Always fascinates me. The Q is: Is it because of marketing? Word of mouth? Or is it because those most used products are actually the best?

  8. Aimee says:

    Yay for taper week! I got my LAVA mag. in the mail too! Woohoo!

  9. Marni says:

    I'm So excited for your race!! Looks like you have some good eats and reads for your recovery! I'm rooting for you to reach your goal! Have fun and don't let yourself think it is over until you reach the finish line. Have fun!

  10. Bill says:

    Taper Madness is a terrible disease. Fortunately, it passes by race day. Best of luck on your race.

  11. Johann says:

    I don't taper very well. I like to do some "active rest" when it feels necessary. You have some great reads there! Have a good week!

  12. Quinton J says:

    Nothing quite like switching gears and slowing down…I find the taper harder on my mental than my physical.

  13. Quinton J says:

    Look…the books are nice…but you've got a sexy counter there son.

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