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Taper Madness!

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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)!

Tapering Triathlete

Tapering Triathlete

How do you deal with the taper crazies? What happens to you when you are tapering for a race?

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8 responses

8 responses

  1. I’m one of those crazy people who loves taper time! I guess for me the training is so exhausting that I actually enjoy those few weeks when I can “relax” um I mean, get my house clean (because it’s been a mess for 16 weeks) Do my nails, take a shower 😉 etc. I’m so excited for you– Hope you have a great race! xoxo

  2. Remain calm and carry on 🙂 You know this happens to everyone and it’s actually a good sign that your body is raring to go!!! Just FYI, my coach had the flu a week before Lake Placid IM and still was able to race, feel good and finish. And, trust me, the water in lake Winni is just perfect 🙂 I warmed it up for you all of July!
    Go get it!!!!!
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  3. So excited for you – though taper crazy sounds like it would drive me absolutely nuts! I’m sure you’ll channel all that energy into a fabulous race. 🙂

  4. I’m doing a race in a month.. No tapering just yet but I’m still nervous! Enjoy your race 🙂

  5. I totally get nervous during the taper period. I find that going back over my training log and looking at all the hard work that I’ve done helps! I tell myself that I have put in the hard work and now it’s time to lay it all out there! You are going to rock on Sunday!! I hope you get out there and have fun!
    Get lots of sleep this week, hydrate and be careful on the trampoline 🙂 You got this, friend! xx

  6. I get the aches too…means my body is ready! Like Lisa, I have no problem with the taper; my inner laziness just kicks in! For the swim, if you’re nervous, you’re smart to get in first and warm up. Stay in the water as long as you can, be sure to put your head in and swim several strokes. Don’t start front and center like I did for my first 70.3! Stay off to the side away from the buoys – everyone will make a beeline for the buoy side. This way you won’t get kicked/hit. Oh and wear your goggles UNDER your cap so that if you do get kicked, you don’t lose them. Have an excellent race!

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