I am very happy to say that I have finished my build and I am now officially in taper mode! YAY! What a relief! Since last years incident of injuring my calf three weeks before Ironman Lake Placid and having to drop out when I so badly wanted to race. I have been especially nervous about getting through the last two weeks when the volume is highest and the body is most vulnerable to injury! I had a few scary moments of muscles getting to tight or pain staying a little to long that got me concerned during the week. I probably drove Paulo crazy as I was seriously panicking about doing my last 20 mile run on tired legs. I really wanted him to tell me that it was OK not to do it or that I would be fine if I did! But I think he was unsure himself! I just had to suck it up and do it. I put that run off all day and driving to the resevoir I actually felt quite sick. It ended up going very well and I am so glad I got it in as it really solidified to me that my run fitness is good! Todays 5 hour ride was the end of a good strecth of endless bike miles. I feel I have nailed all my long rides and look forward to having a solid bike at LP.
The next week although cutting back the volume will still be some work. I am not completly out of danger yet as speed work can be hard on the body too. So I just hope that the next two weeks go according to plan. This two weeks of taper is always tough as I just want to race. But I also look forward to day by day feeling my body recover and watching the speed come back. It will be nice to beable to walk down my stairs without holding on the railing and going down sideways again too.
I am really getting excited to race!