This is it. No turning back now. My 16 week training plan is coming to an end and in little less than a week, I’ll be (hopefully) crossing the finish line of my very first half ironman. Holy. Crap.
A look back at just how far I’ve come:
- Half Ironman Mental Preparation
- August Half Ironman Training Plan
- HIM Training: Week 1
- HIM Training: Week 2
- HIM Training: Week 3
- HIM Training: Week 4
- HIM Training: Week 5
- HIM Training: Week 6
- HIM Training: Week 7
- HIM Training: Week 8
- HIM Training: Week 9
- HIM Training: Week 10
- HIM Training: Week 11
- HIM Training: Week 12
- HIM Training: Week 13
- HIM Training: Week 14
The original week 15
The reality of week 15
- Nice and easy swim (1800 yds)
- Run with Maddie (4 miles)
- Final brick (Bike: 20 miles, Run: 6 miles)
- Easy run (4 miles)
- Swim: 3900 yds
- Bike: 36 miles
- Run: 17.5 miles
- Strength: 1 day
Gotta love taper weeks! This week I was able to cut my training time in half and my two-a-days dropped to only one. I’m postponing all strength training until after the race is over and have moved past all of my final long runs, long rides, and bricks until d-day. Crazy.
The nerves are finally starting to kick in. The more I cut back, the more I can’t believe I’ll be completing 70.3 on Sunday. Tapering is that weird time when mentally you want to still be going all out, but physically you know you need to hold back. I have to keep reminding myself to ‘trust my training’ because anything I try to do now will be a moot point anyways. My motto this week is to take it easy and breathe.
Breathe. Just breathe.
This week has some very important goals:
- Final open water swim to test out the new wet suit (I should probably add ‘work up the guts to try the suit on’ too)
- Figure out final transition set-up, nutrition goals, etc.
- Stock up on body glide (!)
I think that about covers it. I head to my parents’ on Thursday, then straight to Augusta on Friday!!
It has been a surprisingly quiet morning around here. Derek didn’t have to be at work until late, so it was nice to spend the morning with my best friend.
When lunch time rolled around I made myself an easy sandwich with chips.
The sandwich was a hummus, kale, tomato, and swiss cheese combo on a whole grain roll.
I had the remaining tomato slices on the side, as well as blue corn chips with salsa.
Have a great day!