Friday, August 24, 2012

That Feeling You Get

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.


Fancy Nancy said...

Embrace that've worked HARD!!! Those pictures are priceless!!

Heather Blackmon said...

I LOVE taper, even if it does make me feel antsy. Enjoy the break, let your body heal and get STRONGER and ready to rock the race! I think a lot of people underestimate the half ironman distance, but it's going to be a great feeling when you cross that finish line!

jobo said...

Embrace your taper, you have worked your body so hard!! I am so so impressed!!

Laura @ Mommyrunfast said...

Yes! I know that feeling- love how you demonstrated the emotions with pics of your girls. :) Enjoy the taper- it can be hard mentally, but definitely has it's purpose.

Michelle D said...

Try to enjoy the taper - you have definitely earned it!

Pavement Runner said...

Taper madness! You can do it! Have faith in the rest and trust in your training.

Jenn said...

So pumped for you! I hope you buy every single piece of apparel that says HIM on it and wear it EVERYWHERE when you finish! Enjoy your taper! I hate taper but I've never trained anything like you are now so I can imagine how much your body is welcoming it!!!

Triathlon Mami said...

just found you too! good luck on your 70.3. it is a great distance ... i am doing my second one in November. And good luck with school ... it will all work out one way or another.