One thing that has not changed are the infamous "phantom" symptoms. There are so many of them.
- Phantom pain (you know you all have them!!): Oh shit, my "xx" hurts, I think I pulled a muscle, is this inured?, why is my "xx" bothering me.
- Phantom illness: lethargy (DUH, you are coming off of months and months of WORK to slowing down, your body is confused!), sickness (my throat hurts), am I getting a cold? (hello allergy season)
- Phantom fitness loss: feeling slow, out of shape, how will I EVER do that distance?
- And one of my favorites, the Phantom weight gain. I'm SO FAT!! How did that happen in 2 days?
So, this year we're playing a new game in our house. Any time I allude to one of the above, Shane is instructed to simply say, "PHANTOM."
I think if I were to look at my total training hours they will be less, but I believe the quality was there. I did more cycling on a trainer than ever before (love my wahoo kicker!), ran, swam and even rode at various times of the day and got pretty far out of my comfort zone doing back to back hard, long swims.
I did NOT do as many long runs, and while there may have been a brief moment where I wondered why, I'm not at all worried. I've got a deep fitness bank from years of base training and consistency in my training program and am feeling good!
With all of the training done and in the bank, it's now officially TAPER mode. One interesting thing (I won't share all of my crazy training with you all) Michelle had me do (yesterday), 1 week out from Ironman was back up a 4hour brick day (ows, bike, and run) with a 4hour bike ride. However, the instructions were STRICT. Soft pedal, sightseeing, stay outside and away from the fridge (bored eating) type of day. Shane & I headed out to "The Trails of CDA. It was PERFECT. Flat, gorgeous, quiet and just what we needed. These pictures don't even do the ride justice.
It was absolutely gorgeous and I can't wait to go back and explore a bit more of the trail (it goes ~75miles one direction, into Montana!
For now, it's back to actually tapering. Rest, short workouts, good nutrition, sleep, more rest, recovery boots and weather obsession!