Tapering is hard work.
We are 9 weeks out from IRONMAN Wisconsin and all I want to do is train. As i sit here, resting, I feel like I am losing all of the training i’ve done this past year. Maybe I should go and pound out some Vo2 Max efforts to ensure I still have good fitness? Wait, I think i’ve just forgotten how to run!
These thoughts have gone through my mind everyday this week. No matter how many times I tell my athletes this, it’s hard to sit here and rest.
I am very excited to race at Door County this weekend. It’s my true RACE this year and being able to go flat out for a sprint triathlon is exciting. I love racing short distance triathlons. Minimal thinking, minimal data, just flat out from the start. “On the edge of uncertainty” is what I call it. If I am racing and unsure I can finish, I am pacing it right. Within acouple minutes of each discipline I am at my limit, processing my focus points when my legs and arms are screaming at me. Relax, GO, Relax, GO. Keep Pushing, Keep Pushing.
Doesn’t that sound like fun? I am getting more excited as I write this out.
No elaborate fueling plan. No checking the pace. Full gas on Saturday.
Stepped out of my comfort zone today at the Pardeeville Triathlon and was the announcer/MC for the event. It was so much fun being able to help everyone all day with answering questions and such... and wow! To think of how Mike Reilly can do it for all day for an IRONMAN is incredible. I was helping for 6 hours, couldn’t imagine going till midnight. Amazing experience! #witriseries
67 days... To me that sounds like a lot of time left till IRONMAN Wisconsin. That’s a lot of swimming, biking, and running to do. That’s a lot of long swims, bikes, and runs to tackle.
At this point in my training I feel like I’m only getting started; physically and emotionally.
You always want to have “the next step” and at this point in my training I’ve entered the final step. Since day 1 of my training for IRONMAN Wisconsin I’ve told myself to not get too emotionally committed till 14 weeks out. I’ve watched countless athletes train too hard too soon and reach their physical and emotional peak in July. I’m just getting started. My motivation is firing on all cylinders. Fitness is improving.
Since TTT my fitness has reached a new level. My training numbers of weekly CTL, TSS, and KJs have been the highest I’ve remembered them and as my weekly hours only get higher, i actually feel better. 18 hours felt better than 16. It’s all absorbing.
It’s been hard to have patience in this preparation. I’ve wanted to commit earlier. The one thing I know the best is myself. I know that i only have a 12-16 week period where i can fully commit myself to a very big task. This is where having TTT was nice to have a secondary goal to keep me entertained.
All in all, things are moving in the right direction.
Creating Self Doubt:
3 months to IRONMAN Wisconsin, officially GO time.
This past weekend was my biggest weekend of the year and it was filled with reminders. The theme of Patience was at the top of the list.
When Cindi and I talked on Wednesday about what the focus needs to be in the final 3 months, we concluded that it’s 1) Open Water skill and 2) Bike fitness. I swim well in the pool but OW isn’t good. Need more practice
On Saturday I rode 100 miles and came to an average NP of 200 watts and VI of 1.05. I ride very steady so i don’t have many high outputs that create inflated NPs. While my speed was good, knowing my data points to when I had my best races is dangerous. Looking back to 2015 when I raced my best IM bike at IMAZ, I put in countless flat 100+ milers with an average NP between 215-225. Sunday was 200 and I need to be 15-25 watts higher if I want to accomplish my goals. It’s that simple.
Suddenly my satisfaction turned into frustration and self doubt. Why? That’s ridiculous.
Then on the other hand this was my longest ride of the year... and I’m comparing to my best fitness? That’s not fair. It’s hard to juggle these data points and while it’s very motivating it creates fear that I’ll be able to achieve these numbers by September.
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