Sunday, October 15, 2006

Common Woman Syndrome

That's me, all over, today. Despite the beautiful weather I couldn't make myself get on the bike. My legs are too freakin' sore from those hills in Baltimore. I made myself run up and down all of them (though I did do some walking on the flats once I started getting tired) and they're paying the price today. Ouch! I've been training on the flatlands and my legs are reminding me of that! Plus the father-in-law is visiting, so we spent time with him instead.

Besides, isn't it time I stopped waking up 3 or 4 times in the night to cough my brains out? That's getting really old. I'm ready to start my 3-week holiday in preparation for Ironman Florida.

It was a good reminder how far 26.2 miles really is. WAY. TOO. FAR. Especially after swimming 2.4 and cycling 112! But I also feel confident that I can finish it once I start, if I have enough time before the cutoffs. And that 12:50 min/mile that I averaged yesterday, if I could maintain that on the flat course in Florida, would still give me a 5:36 marathon. That would work for me - that would be a marathon PR! But I have a sneaking suspicion by that time at night I won't be wanting to push myself quite that fast.

But for today, I'm indulging in a little rest and recovery. And trying not to think too hard about attempting 140.6 miles all in one day.

9 comments:

Habeela said...

Enjoy the rest and relaxation!

jbmmommy said...

I think you made a great choice for how to use your day. You're ready, you'll finish and that's impressive in itself. Whatever happens with your pace will happen no matter what you did today. Enjoy your rest time, you've earned it!

jeanne said...

yes, smart choice. what's that guy always saying? "Load and recover."

Comm's said...

congrates on teh taper. CWS is as a terrible affliction. Although occasionally its necssary to enter into evil in order to win the war.

Shelley said...

I'm tired and looking forward to this taper..glad you are back in the game!!!

Iron Pol said...

Taper is a good time for recovery, and it sounds like you need a bit of extra special taper.

One of the good things is that the aerobic base is built, and you are ready to race. Taper is also one of the best times to get some extra rest days.

Cliff said...

I guess i ain't the only one thinking to score a marathon PR on my IM :)

Steven said...

Running hills is speedwork in disguise. Do them regularly and you WILL get faster overall.

Just thought you'd like to know...

Congrats on reaching the Taper. Enjoy it.

nancytoby said...

Ugh! Hills!

The main problem here is that the only hill of any description in the entire county is the Oak Creek Bridge, 3 miles from me. And there's pretty heavy traffic on it!