Last week was Week 18 of Ironman Texas Training. It was the first full taper week and I was still feeling tired, although I could tell that I was getting rested as my times were improving without trying to go harder/faster. I did drop one bike and one swim workout on Wednesday due to a combination of a busy work schedule and general tiredness.
Here is how this past week of training breaks down:
Swim - 6,500 yards, 2:25:09
Bike - 43.47 miles on trainer and roads, 2:39:48
Run - 22.0 miles, 4:18:46
Overall training time: 9:23:43
In a way I am relieved that I am done with the bulk of my training. I know that I am done with the heavy part of my training and mostly need to rest and stay limber and in shape at this point. 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.
During this past week the signs of the Ironman race coming to my neighborhood have become obvious. First, a fleet of trucks is parked along a utility easement that is central to a large part of the run course. Second, tents have started to be set up in an open area that will be central to some of the pre-race festivities. Finally, actual signs stating about race day traffic delays have started to appear.
Tonight my training group had a panel discussion and Q&A session where several local athletes who had each done several Ironman races discussed various aspects of race day expectations and planning. I think I am in for the experience of a lifetime this week!
There are only 6 days until Ironman Texas.....