It's Taper Week

[caption id="attachment_4506" align="alignright" width="192" caption="I'm In The Zen Zone!"]taper_calmness_ironman_triathlon[/caption] Today is Wednesday and this is the third day of taper week and what's crazy about this crazy week is that it is not crazy.  I don't have the requisite taper madness going on.  I am not sitting here worrying that I did not train hard enough or put in enough miles.  I am not concerned about nutrition or hydration.  I have no concerns over travel.  What is going on?  Isn't this supposed to be the week that I freak out? I could be calm, cool and collected because I have so much going on outside of the triathlon training and racing world that I am not noticing that taper madness has set in.  In observing myself for the past few days though there really is no taper madness going on.  Is this a good thing?  I'm not sure.  Maybe the taper madness doesn't exist for me because this is not my first shot at the 70.3 distance.  Maybe I'm not crazed because I have ridden the bike course twice and know it and feel comfortable riding in Austin. Things are supposed to happen and freak you out but this week I've rolled with the punches.  I am even at the point where I am not eating everything in sight thinking that I need more and more carbs.  This is starting to freak me out.  Here are a few examples of what has transpired this week and how I've handled it. 1- Problem: Figured that my original hotel was too far from the race site and that I would be driving extremely early in the morning to get to transition. Solution: Remembered I had a GroupOn for a hotel in Austin and called and booked room that was approximately 30 minutes away from race start.  Cancelled old hotel room which would have been about 40 minutes from race start.  Saving 10 minutes is great.  Saving at least a hundred dollars is better. 2- Problem: Need to bring El Diablo into local bike shop for tune-up and cleaning.  Planned on doing Monday morning but remembered had trainer ride on Tuesday and wanted to use El Diablo versus spin bike at gym. Solution: Check calendar for work meetings and notice a hole between 11a and 3p.  Pack bike up in car after Tuesday trainer ride and drop off in between sessions.  Bike will be ready on Thursday and I will pick it up and finish off my training for the day. 3- Problem: Local Bike Shop has just re-arranged all their nutrition and has run out of EFS Liquid Shot, even the refill bottle. Solution: Remember that I have a meeting with business partner for lunch on Wednesday and that there is another local bike shop near the lunch meeting place.  Problem solved. 4- Problem: Local Running Store only has Yankz and not speed laces.  My Brooks T6 don't have speed laces so I need some.  The Yankz are too long and I don't like them. Solution: Use laces from Yankz.  Cut off the plastic pieces and put the quick release clasps on the Yankz laces.  Problem solved. I may have to go into taper mode more often because I am thinking more clearly now than I ever have.  Ever since my debacle of a training session a few weekends ago where I was experiencing burnout my energy has been through the roof.  Training sessions have never been better.  I'm running faster than I have all year. I am going to officially say that I am ready for this race and what the day has to bring.  Oh, they just changed the run course but in my new Taper Mind I am blowing it off as no big deal.  The run will now be 3 loops instead of 2 and that's just fine.  I'll just run faster so I don't get bored with the scenery.  

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Jason Bahamundi

About the Author:

I grew up in New York and lived there for 34 years until I got divorced and moved 1600 miles to my new home in Texas.  I love New York and miss it but that does not mean that Texas hasn’t been great to me because it has.  It was here that I discovered endurance sports and specifically the sport of triathlon.  Triathlon has given me new life through all the challenges it presents.  I no longer look at life the same way and I can say that is in part due to my endeavor into this sport.

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