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.

8 comments:

Fancy Nancy said...

Embrace that feeling...you'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.