For keeping things simple around here, we shall refer to this race simply as the Galveston 70.3. Better? Oh! Blogging superstar Jeff @ DangleTheCarrot is doing this race as well as he preps himself for his first full Ironman, Ironman Texas, in late May.
People often find the taper to be one of the hardest things to do leading up to a race. I often find that the week BEFORE the taper is often the hardest, not just because it is very physically demanding, but also mentally it's tough because you have to put in one more week of demanding work, THEN back it off for a week and go crazy simultaneously.
I find finding the motivation to put the hard work in that last week is really what makes it hard. Let's take last week for example. I had just come off of a solid 16 hour week that transitioned into a week where NOTHING went right. The weather was absolute crap; I was having "issues" out on the run. My work schedule was messing up my swim schedule. Blah blah blah blah, whine whine whine whine, play the violin and get me a tissue cuz I am crying like a little baby right now. Oh! The Whambulance just drove by....
So there you have it. Finding the motivation to get outside or into the pool to get the workout done is basically 50% of the workout. I know I have done the work and put the time in, I just don't wanna blow it!
And this is where I refer to what I call THE INNER FIRE! This is that burning inside desire to GET OUT THERE and get the workout done according to plan and to your best ability. These are the sessions that count and that pay dividends come race day.
I have about 12 more days of lighting these inner fires before race day. It's simple. You wake up, you figure out what you need to get done on that particular day, and you mentally do the workout in your head. You think about what you are going to eat before, during and after. You think about how you are going to stretch after. You even think about where you are going to hit the gas and where you are going to recovery during the workout. Every workout has a goal.
So only 12 days? Can I get some help?