The definition of a taper by one author is:
"a progressive nonlinear reduction of the training load during a variable period of time, in an attempt to reduce the physiological and psychological stress of daily training and optimize sports performance".
So the question to myself is am I Tapering this week?
Uh NO. The "TAPER" Dance.. Uh ..not just yet..
With some of the IMoo crew tapering I feel like I need one or more workouts to build up my confidence a little more. Will I ever feel totally ready, probably not, especially with the last 2 weeks fast approaching. More of a mental game now, thinking about what the day will bring.
One day, One race, One year to prepare, now I feel like I need more time..
So on Sunday I was able to put in a 80 mile ride in with a 40 minute brick run, felt really good about the whole training session.
So the rest of the week I have another 6-7 hour ride (aka: Bike Psycho's Century), along with a 2-3 mile open water swim, and 2.5 to 3 hour run. Then I can do the "TAPER DANCE" with a smile on my face and a sign of relief I know I did my best.
So the biggest Triathlon in the world is happening this weekend in my area. The Chicago Triathlon, 7000+ athletes. Pure craziness. Ohh, TRI Expo time..cool..
As I reflect back on what got me motivated to start doing TRiathlons. It was always on the back of my mind even though at that time I could not even swim 25 yrds. But something clicked in me 2 1/2 years ago while watching the Chicago triathlon driving in my car.
I saw this big guy (more than a clydesdale) riding his bike on the course, fully decked out in his "Tour De France" outfit and just cruising along on his high end road bike. At that point I said to myself I can do this if he can. That is all I needed to get me motivated.
So the following year I finished the CHICAGO TRI. So to the that guy who "made me get off my ass" I thank you. To my friend who called me up and said we should do a TRIathlon, I said "sure, why not", I thank her.
With the next 2 weeks full of reflection, doubt, anxiety, and excitement. I heard another quote on the Podcast about "Life of Passion" which made a profound impact on the way I think about life these days and "getting off my ass".
"LIFE IS SHORT, BUT IT SHOULD BE LONG ENOUGH"