Sunday, September 14, 2008

A whole lotta nothing

That can sum up my week as a whole. I ended up with no training all weekend. I only got one day of each sport. My shoulder aches my knee hurts, and I am ready to just get this thing over so I can take some time off. School is keeping me super busy and super stressed.

I am glad to be beginning my taper. I need these two weeks for my body to recover to be ready to race hard. At this point, I have two foals, one of which may just not be doable at this point. Goal one: Finish. This is absolutely doable, and the most important. I have put the training in and feel confidant I will finish.

Goal 2: Go under 6 hours. Early in my training, this seemed doable. Right now, I just dont know. Based on this week's swim, I think I can still go between 30 and 35 minutes. My goal on the bike is 3:15. I think this should be doable. The real unknown is the run. When I ran off the bike on my big brick, my legs were tired and tight. If I can rest up, keep loose, and nail my nutrition, my run should go better. The other thing I have been contemplating is slowing down slightly on the bike so my legs feel fresher on the run.

Ultimately I just want to finish and have a good time. I also feel like I need some time to rest. Once I finish this, I am going to take some time off of swimming to let my shoulder recover. Depending how my knees feel, I may still do the silver comet half marathon, but as much as I want to do it, it all just depends how my legs feel.

23 comments:

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

Best wishes during your taper, for the race, and for afterwards.

I can totally relate to needing time to rest and heal!!

I really hope you can enjoy the race. Having fun makes it all worthwhile (at least for me)

LBTEPA said...

You have done so much work - I think it's natural that you feel tired and a bit down at this stage! Best wishes for all your goals coming to fruition - especially the enjoying yourself one!

D10 said...

I think you will be able to accomplish yor goals. Stay confident! You know what you need to do and focus on during taper. When race time comes, do your best and know that you will have a nice break after!

Hang in there with school.

Wes said...

A good taper and race day excitement is going to put you on the edge, right where you need to be for your A race!!! You are going to have a GREAT day!!

They key to having a good run is staying hydrated and maintaining a high cadence on the bike. That new cassette you put in will help with that. Start your run off slow and build!

You are working so hard at everything. Take a deep breath and focus. Things will ease up soon :-)

Nick said...

I'm not sure if I'll be racing at the Half and Full or not. My knee is all jacked up with ITBS and unless my doc gives me cortisone shots I don't see how I'll be able to pull it off. I rode the Half course yesterday and it's a lot faster and flatter than I remember from last year. The only real climbs are in the first 16 miles between the park and Saluda. After Saluda it's gently rolling and fast. I didn't find any need to get out of the big ring yesterday, even on the steepest climbs. My point being, you may be able to go under 3:15 and still be fresher than you're thinking on the run. Best of luck and I hope to see you there. Even if I can't run I most likely do a swim/bike.

Gotta Run said...

Kevin - feel good about your training. The work has been done and you are ready. Enjoy your taper and enjoy every minute of the race that you have worked so hard to get to.

Marcy said...

Sounds like you've been busy Kev!

ITA with Lisa, I really hope you have fun (it kinda stinks when you have nagging injuries but you've got excellent goals)

Xenia said...

Good luck, good luck, good luck! Taper, eat well and try to de-stress. You can do it, I know you can.

Jess said...

Enjoy the taper!

Erin Leigh said...

You have worked really hard. I can understand wanting a break. Good luck reaching your goals!!

Nitmos said...

Don't let the confidence waver. You are capable of doing your best that day. Remember the earlier training! Best of luck.

cindy said...

Kevin - I hope things start feeling better for you soon. You've put so much time and work into this. Resting and tapering now is good, and I hope raceday is fun for you :)

Tat said...

You will reach your goal!!!! Look how far you have gotten! DO NOT FORGET TO HAVE FUN!!!!!
Tat

Girl on Top said...

Good luck!

Stef said...

I think the taper is supposed to be a bit difficult and tiring. So even though you are swamped, try not to worry. You have done the work and you know that you have.

Also, what Wes said! He is very wise. :-)

BEST of luck with the remaining 12 days! I know this will be a great race for you. Keep it fun and go for your goal time!

ShirleyPerly said...

You've definitely put in the work so it's now just a matter of getting to race day as healthy as possible. A lot can change in 2 weeks and I hope they do for you. Race day adrenaline is also a great painkiller ;-)

J~Mom said...

Good luck!!! You have worked hard and now it's time to enjoy it!!

Kellye Mills said...

Don't worry and hang in there! I know you are stressing a bit, but it will all come together on race day. Rest up, you'll be ready! :)

Frayed Laces said...

Ooh good luck! I'm sure you'll do well, but more importantly...I hope you have fun!

Steve Stenzel said...

Good luck with the aches. Heal up on the taper!!!

Jarrett said...

I didn't do anything this past weekend either. I've been training a wee bit too much as of late, and I needed the weekend to just veg. Don't feel so bad about taking time off.

Calyx Meredith said...

Sounds like you're going into your taper at the perfect time! Rest, rejuv, heal, keep loose. You've definitely put in the training and your goals sound great. You won't have to worry about school or anything except enjoying your race while you're out on that course. Afterwards you can focus on enjoying your break. You'll be great. I'm so excited for you!

Sherry said...

It's interesting how after so much hard work, it seems like every triathlete has the same sort of doubts right before their "A" race. My "A" race is 1.5 months away, but little doubts are already creeping into my head as well.

I know that it's difficult to 'not' put time goals on a race, but I'm glad to see that you have goal #1 listed as 'finish'. Since this is your first 1/2 IM, I think that's all you should be worried about. Think back to your very first sprint distance... the goal was just to finish, right? With a leap in distance to something like a 1/2 IM or an IM, I think one should definitely revisit that frame of mind... at least for their first try at a long course event.

Then again... I may need you to remind me of what I just wrote in a few weeks... and then again when I take the HIM plunge!

Enjoy your taper!!!