I’ll be the first to admit, in past, tapering is often the hardest part of training for me. I just love training with my friends and as idiotic as it sounds going from 25 hours of training down to ~15 feels like I am not doing anything. But when it was time to taper for Kona I was ready.
one thing I personally really try to focus on on a daily basis and even more so in the weeks leading up to a big race is sleep. it may be a little over top but for the past couple of years i have tracked hours slept pretty religiously in my training log.
trying to get some sleep while beth reads away… every night. bed time 9-930.
2010, AVG Hours of sleep per night: 7.9
2011 (through today), AVG Hours of sleep per night: 8.1
the past week, AVG Hours of sleep per night: 9.2
one thing that doesn’t change… at all… is how we eat. so plenty of good eating has been going on. it’s nuts because people often comment on how eat and wish they could eat the same things. i guess because it’s just what we do all the time that we really don’t think about it much. i guess we do eat REALLY HEALTHY by most peoples standards and I do believe it’s one of our “secret weapons” that lets us pull off the training and racing we do… and it just tastes good!
bbq chicken & grilled veggie (zucchini, portabella mushrooms, eggplant, & onions) salad.
yellow fin tuna burger salads w/ beets, avo, heirloom tomatos, brocoli, red onions
nothing like coming home from a run to find your wife in the kitchen whipping up an epic brunch. pumpkin oat bran pancakes topped with nutbutter, some greek yogurt and berries.
We leave early on wednesday morning and will be in Kona before noon. I may be one of the only people racing that is still at home and NOT envious of all the people already on the island training and getting caught up in the hype. don’t get me wrong I am not hating and will have a blast once we get over there checking everything out, catching up with friends, and running around in my underwear but I really just want to get over there and RACE! When I have big races coming up I am pretty good about clearing my mind, not dwelling on the race, or over thinking. I actually prefer not to talk a lot about an upcoming race and try to stay away from the expo but when you are in places in kona you can’t escape it. This is just a personal thing and nothing negative it is just what gets my to the start line amped up and with out a care in the world or a doubt about what’s about to happen.
the past weekend was awesome. much shorter, mellowish workouts, and a lot of relaxing and sleep. saturday morning after a really good swim (for me) we got out for a good 2.5 hour ride with some of our favorite people. Trevor, Katya, Andy, & Michellie joined us on a perfect saturday morning that ended at with a coffee.
i am secretly hoping that some Michellie’s Iroman World champion skills are rubbing off on us!
when is all said and done on saturday this is all that matters…
it has been an awesome year of racing and training with my wife. spending countless hours together swimming (lanes apart, she’s killing me in the pool), riding (with her on my wheel, or her trying half wheel me), running (with her surging & half stepping me all the time), recovering with our feet up on the couch (zombie mode), and eating our faces off (feeding the machine). it has made our relationship stronger, no question. I think it’s pretty special to share a sport with your wife and I know I am one of the lucky ones.
the next time i post will be from Kona. Hopefully I can do a quick blog each day. The good folks at Axis Sports & Go Pro are hooking me up with a camera so hopefully I will have plenty of footage to post.
here’s to racing the ironman world champs!!!!