Friday, May 28, 2010

Taper time!

Hard to believe, but it is taper time already for Half Ironman #2 of the season, Mooseman.

But like I said back in January, every taper is different. For HIM #1, I tapered for a solid 2 weeks and I needed it. I learned for HIM #2 that two weeks was too long of a taper. So now, for round #3, I am shortening the taper to 10 days. Is this still too long of a taper? I have no idea! But I will know after I cross the finish line :)

My knee joints are really starting to bother me quite a bit. I have basically been going nonstop for a few weeks now, which has been great training, its just caught up with me finally, and that is perfectly fine. My body is telling me its time to cool it.

I was set to do a 17 mile recovery ride last night after work, but my legs weren't feeling it and my brain definately wasn't feeling it, but I was going to do it no matter what. But! The weather said otherwise. This blew through right @ ride time:

I think the Triathlon Gods were telling me something: Either risk injury or start the taper. Now that I think about it, I think it was a stupid idea in the first place to do this ride on super spent legs and joints. Now I will be rested for my last long ride on Saturday, a 40 mile flat ride up in Time Trial Heaven.

Good luck to anyone racing this weekend!


  1. Try not to go too mad in your taper! AND by all means, avoid injury! Easy on those knees.

    Thanks for your comment yesterday - I found a place in Portland - they can't get me in as soon as I would like, but I think they are the right place, so I am waiting instead of chancing a shoddy PT again.

  2. You have been hammering it lately! and yes it sounds like the Tri Gods helped you out there.
    have a great weekend!

  3. Thank goodness for the rain. Definitely devine intervention. Now your poor knees are rested and you will be ready to kick butt for 40 miles at time trial heaven. Sounds like a lovely place. Have a great weekend.

  4. Enjoy your taper!

    I have one more long ride tomorrow morning and then my taper begins as well.

  5. 2 things I am thankful for with the sport of triathlon, taper week and recovery week.

  6. I agree with everyone else..I definitely think Mother Nature was trying to tell you something!

  7. You gonna take a couple of weeks for down time after Mooseman? I gotta tell ya that I am feeling awesome since I have backed off on the training. I used to thing this "rest and recovery" thing was overrated but not anymore. Have fun with the taper and avoid all people that annoy you until it is over!

  8. Well I don't know about 10 days since my coach has me on taper for three weeks!! Trust me, I am not sitting on my ass. I am still working hard, but just not as long; short and intense. It seems to be working for me as I have been able to meet all my workouts with major success and lots of energy.

    I think everyone is different. By this time I'm sure you know what is best or you and your body was telling you that.

  9. Hi Jon,
    Have a good taper! Try to behave yourself...I know this is going to be hard for you...but do it anyway:)

    I hope that you have a wonderful nice long weekend little bro!


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