The Taper Is Here…

I don’t have a lot of days left between now and the big dance at Ironman Lake Placid.  I won’t do a count down as I know that myself and all of my friends who are racing in Ironman along with me are nervous enough without a reminder of just how many days, hours and seconds we have to go.  Just the thought of it makes me want to smile, shed a tear, laugh, and/or puke all at the same time.

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Has anyone seen my bike? #bikemadness

Welcome to the taper…

Last night I swam 3000 yards in the pool.  I forgot my wetsuit at home and with no open water swim practice with a club, I wasn’t about to swim 2 miles sans wetsuit without a life guard.  So yes, I swam 3000 yards at the ymca.  Going back and forth, dissecting all of my Ironman training in my head.  By the time I had finished the swim, I had basically determined that Ironman is not for me.

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Oh hey taper.  Nice to see you.

So I spent some time in my own head last night beating myself.  Counting a few missed workouts.  Wondering if I could have done something different.

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Truth

And then I remember that this is a time for rest.  That all of the work has been done.  I remember that I need to smile.  I remember that I need to trust that I have put in the work and I will reap the rewards on race day.  I remember that I need to be brave.  I can do this, if I believe that I can do this.  I remember that I am “racing” with almost 40 other people from my triathlon club and that I have tons of friends and family who will be at this event. I remember that I am surrounded by love.  I remember that there are things in life that are so much bigger than this race.  I remember to be thankful for all that I have and will have in my life.  This is just a minor detail.

The taper crazies are still here, but if I can just keep remembering… I will be ok.

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4 Responses to The Taper Is Here…

  1. Jennifer Olszowy says:

    Hang in there!! I am still sending positive vibes…

  2. stephen bartos says:

    At least it is just in your head. I went out on my last ride prior to shipping my TT bike to Lake Placid on Wednesday and went down in some gravel. You are not alone having last minute fears and questions.
    It has been a long road to get here but now we just need to park the car and get out and enjoy the party. See you there… I will be the guy with the semi-fresh road rash, #1889.

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