For those seasons where my season ended either in August or September, I always remember that physically I feel like the King of the World, but mentally I feel like a scared timid little child not wanting to jump off of the diving board at Mr. Switzer's for the first time.
Have I done this before? YES! Why does it seem so so hard to get through the final 3 weeks of the training cycle? I think it is because of anticipation.
Ever wonder why the first 5 miles of a 10K zooooom right by and yet the final 1.2 feels like it takes a friggin marathon of time to complete?
You want it over SO badly that it won't come soon enough. I liken this to watching a kettle boil or for Christmas to arrive when you were 6. It would never happen!!!
So! I gotta stay mentally sharp.
This morning I took my 1 trillion x 400 workout on the track and turned it into a 60 min easy run. I felt guilty. My coach, without even telling him I did this, sent me an email with the following:
"Be very smart now with the last 2.5 weeks....So, whenever you feel as though you may be going a bit too hard between now and race day, chances are you probably are. Back off and ease up."
Boy did I feel relieved!!! And.......CONFLICTED!
When should I slow down? When is it ok to keep going hard despite it hurting?
I think the fine line rule here is this: STAY SHARP!
I have done this before. With less than 3 weeks left, my Ironman fitness is in the bag. I may add to it slightly, but the bulk of everything is done.
We are determining my race wattage. My swimming pace. My running pace (until my legs give out).
Now it is time to cement those paces and practice them and know what they feel like, and make sure my fueling supports it.
I have been here. I have done this. I have followed through with it.
Now I just can't fuck it up.