Some mornings I wake up, look at my training plan, and am jumping to get my workout in.
Other days I wake up, lay in bed and think, "Ugh, do I really have to move today?"
I like to pretend that I am graceful and smooth in the pool.
But, there are mornings where I am sluggish and feel like I am sinking to the bottom.
I am two weeks out from my big race. I love training sometimes more than I love the actual race itself. I love pushing myself beyond my limits. I love seeing how many hours I get to put in for the week and then seeing my total miles after I am done.
Going into training for my first Half Ironman, I underestimated the training. I figured, I had trained for 19 marathons; I can handle 70.3 training easily. Individually, the distances sounded pretty doable. But once I started thinking about time goals, the workouts got longer. And harder.
And now, as I approach taper for my first big triathlon, I would say my body feels comparable to how I have felt just before my big marathons. I am tired, a little sore when I wake up in the morning, and looking forward to some rest. That must mean one thing, taper time!
Mentally, I hate tapering. I hate shorter runs and now rides and swims. I feel like I have too much time on my hands. And the mental crazies drive me nuts. But physically, I am so ready for my taper. The past month, I have trained harder than I have ever trained for a race and I am so ready for the Pumpkinman. I have secret goals floating around in my head, but finishing strong is my main goal for September 9th.
So that tired, end of the training cycle feeling has set in. I know it is a good feeling because I don't feel injured. I don't feel burnt out. I am fairly confident and so excited to race. I feel prepared. The training is almost complete, now it is time to get this body in tip top shape for race day.