This weekend, I did my last somewhat big set of workouts towards Ironman Canada. I rode the Dam Loop on Saturday and ran the trails on Sunday. The ride felt hard even though it was half of what I did two weeks ago when I rode the Dam Loop twice. The run felt hard even though it was only 7 miles. My body was tired.
I napped Saturday afternoon and Sunday afternoon, and I went to bed around 7:30 last night and slept pretty consistently until about 7:15 this morning. I woke up a few times and checked email, watched Olympics or fed the cats, but mostly I slept.
I had planned to take today off from working out but woke up feeling so much better that I packed a swim bag. If I still feel energized this afternoon, I’ll hit Lifetime Fitness after work for a swim in my favorite outdoor pool. If not, I’ll rest. I’m trying to be careful. I’m a little worried that I’m so tired. I don’t recall being this drained at this point in my training last time around or when I did Coeur d’Alene. Am I getting old? Or have I worked harder? I hope it’s the latter, but I suspect it’s a combination of both.
Tapering is always a little hard because I wonder if I’m doing enough, but I need to make myself stick with the program and not exceed the workouts my book says to do. I want to be rested for Canada. It’s less than three weeks away.
To get my energy and spirits up, I’m starting a streak of inspirational movies. While I let my body rest, I’m going to build up my mind. Tonight, I’ll be watching Chariots of Fire, a recommendation from my friend Andy. Next up is Rudy, which is perhaps my favorite sports movie. Do you have a suggestion for what should follow Rudy?