It has been a week since my last update. Today is my long run day. I am kind of excited to get out an run again, after having such a great long run day last week. I have to admit though, the legs are a bit sore. I didn’t do anything crazy this week, but I did a very tough spin class 2 days ago that really worked my legs.
I had a great week of swimming this week. There were a couple of evenings where I did not feel like going. This is a new feeling for me, because I am always stoked to do a workout. Last night’s swim session was one of those times. However, I told myself that I have never regretted doing a workout, but I have regretted not doing a workout. I also decided ahead of time that I was going to stop @ Popeye’s and pick up some fried chicken on the way home. I haven’t had fried chicken in a while, so that would be my reward!
Turns out, I was right. I ended up loving the workout. Wasn’t exceptionally hard workout tonight. 1,200 yards for the main set. 3 x 400 – first one @ an RPE 3, second one @ RPE 4 and the third one @ RPE 5. I worked them pretty hard and got in a great 40 minute swim (counting warm up and cool down). I swam all of the 400’s in approximately 6:00 to 6:15
As I mentioned in the title of this post, this week is “taper” week from the first 4 weeks of buildup. I have actually been doing more than what is in my plan, and I did this 4 week session twice. I started it over when I realized that my schedule for training was off by about 6 weeks with my Ironman schedule. When I started it over, I did weeks 19 and 18 twice. Now, with shorter runs and a slight taper before building back up next week, I feel almost lazy. Like I”m not doing any work at all. I guess that’s a good sign, but I wonder how bad it will be on taper week before the race. Something tells me I might get a bit antsy.
The three athletes in “The Distance”by Richard Ratay were all a bit antsy on their taper week. When you go from training 16+ hours per week to 5-8, it can be difficult to adapt. Given that this past week I only tapered from 12 to 8 hours, I am pretty sure my final taper week is going to be a tough one.