I'm 12 days out from my 70.3 Half Ironman race and am officially in taper mode!
Tapers get a bad rap. Most people hate the taper and report that they feel antsy and increasingly agitated as the race draws closer but their activity level decreases. Although I can relate to some degree, I'm also really looking forward to a little rest and more time on my hands. I have a few projects I'm starting so it will be nice to have some time to organize my life and get things started. Plus, science literally tells us that I can move less and sleep more and I will perform better on race day... how can you argue with that? My focus is now shifting from improving my fitness to honing in on the fitness I have and making sure I'm in an optimal state to use it on race day. This means being well rested, well fed, mentally present and as stress free as possible.
People often ask me how I find time to do all the training I do in preparation for my Ironman 70.3, which on average is about 10 hours/wk (not including post exercise showering, stretching, eating etc.) The answer is, I just do. Sometimes it's harder than other times, but when life is normal and predictable it’s really not that hard. As a self employed RMT and Pilates instructor, my work schedule is flexible and adaptable. I can almost always find a way to shift things around to make time for training. It helps that I don't have any kids (I hear a baby changes everything :) The real test comes when life take an unexpected turn.