Last week was Week 17 of Ironman Texas Training. This week was transitioning from the build phase to the taper period. I missed two training sessions this week, one swim and one bike, just because I was too tired to get up and out of the house early in the morning (not to mention sleeping through my alarms!).
Here is how this past week of training breaks down:
Swim - 6,400 yards, 2:20:54
Bike - 60.80 miles on trainer and roads, 3:28:59
Run - 26.36 miles, 5:25:09
Overall training time: 11:15:02
In a way I am relieved that I am done with the bulk of my training. I have never been this consistently tired since I was in basic training back in 1985--and at least then I had the benefit of youth! I figure that my two lost workouts cost me about 3 hours of training time, but also pointed out that I dearly needed the rest as well. After that, I am looking forward to race day so I can be done with this whole thing--I am ready to done and for this whole thing to be over! I have enjoyed the process even though it has not been easy, but it is time to be finished.
Overall I am feeling really good right now-still tired but good. This week's workouts have shown me signs that my training has gotten me to where I want to be and I do feel ready for the coming race.
Next week is a full blown taper week and then comes race week. At this point I can taste the excitement and anticipation of the race ahead of me. Last night I watched a few hours of the finish line video from Ironman St. George and I am really feeling psyched up at this point.
From this point on I am going to redouble my efforts at the base of my plan (diet, rest and other non-training items) while concentrating on training effectively without overdoing anything. I feel that there is not much more I can do to improve my conditioning this close to the race, but if I am not careful I could undermine my conditioning. I have come a long, long way over the past few months and I am close to enjoying the race for which I have so long prepared.
Only 13 days until Ironman Texas.....