So I haven't posted too much about my training, but man, I have been doing it. It has been exhausting.
So it is officially time to taper. I still have work on my schedule (particularly swimming work), but I am supposed to use "fatigue levels" to guide me and communicate a ton with our coach.
This weekend's training was fantastic. I feel like I nailed my swim, bike, and run. I actually messed up my nutrition on my run because I was having so much fun talking with my friends out on the trail! I'm sure that is effecting my recovery from the end of the big training cycle.
Yesterday I was tired. Like--cant get up tired. As in, daydreaming about rest tired. Such as finding excuses to sit down tired. Everything hurt. My muscles were tired, my bones ached, and I ended the day with quite the headache. Fantastic.
That means the work is done. My body has been pushed to new limits that I have never done before. As long as I honor that work in the next 2 weeks, I am ready to have a fantastic race, and I know it. I am sure that in the next few days I will do a ton of doubting that I did that work, but really, I need to remember how much my body was feeling last night as I tried to sleep.
That being said, I skipped my morning run. I cancelled on my friends and I let George go out of the door without me.
I think it was the right choice. Normally, if I made that choice, I would spend the rest of the day beating myself up about it (my specialty), but I CAN'T do that today. Rest and recovery is so important, and I need to give my body the space to heal and bounce back.
For good measure: A Tapir!
George posted up a really cute tapir. And he makes stuff up :-)
I want to have a great race next sunday, and I need to have faith in my taper.