What’s a triathlete to do? I have taper madness!
Have you ever tapered for a race before? I am currently in taper mode for Ironman Timberman 70.3 and hating it. I am desperate to go and get in a monster workout but need to save my energy. Also, today my body started feeling incredible achy . . . all over . . . legs, arms, back. Ugh. Part of me is worried that I might be (dare I whisper it), “getting sick” but I’ve been telling myself all day my body is just achy from the rainy damp weather. As long as its just the taper causing the aches and pains I am good to go!
On top of the phantom aches and pains I have been feeling super stressed about the race! I will definitely need to take my advice for how to stay calm on race day from my most recent post. Yesterday my friends and I met up at Echo Lake in Franconia State Park where Olivia and I (who will also be racing on Sunday) had a chance to get in the water for a short open water swim. I don’t know what was going on but I couldn’t get my heart rate under control and felt super nervous while swimming with Olivia. Perhaps it was the cold water or overthinking what could happen on race day but hopefully I got that feeling out of my system! I need to make sure I get in a swim on Saturday to check out the water on Lake Winnepesaukee and I also need to get into the water to warm up prior to the race start to hopefully get my body relaxed and into the zone for the swim. If you have any tips for how to stay relaxed during the swim I’d love your advice!
Thankfully this taper craziness only needs to go on for a few more days. I am channeling some of my extra energy into organizing my house and busying myself with lots of activities with the kids. Bouncing around on the trampolines at open gym tomorrow should help a bit don’t you think as long as I am careful not to hurt myself!
It’s time to take some deep breaths and tomorrow I will make lists and pack so that I have nothing to worry about on race day. Once my gear is in order and we are check-in with our bikes racked on Saturday I will be feeling much better (I hope)!
How do you deal with the taper crazies? What happens to you when you are tapering for a race?
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