Last week I started my first round of taper guessing games as I tried to plan this week out. At the time I was feeling spent and ready for the taper/recovery week to start. Over the last three weeks I had reduced my volume and focused on a few high intensity bricks. On Saturday one quick six mile bike ride and further realized, I needed some rest, my legs were shot. So, at the time the idea of a taper provided exciting news, if you can figure out what taper is the best taper from the thousands of voices sounding out on this matter on the web.
Regardless I was excited and elated to have a week where I would be cutting back my volume of work further and aiming for short, possibly slightly intense, workout sessions. Saturday I was looking forward to a week of few workouts, multiple stretching and hot tub sessions and being days away from the race. I settled on my method of taper and set Tuesday as the next day I would workout, probably Pilates and a quick run or Pilates and a quick spin. It did not matter, I was excited it was finally race week and even more I was eager for the rest taper week promised.
Sunday afternoon came and I embraced the fact I would not be working out then or on Monday. But something was off. All day I felt irritable and moody, excited and even a little depressed. I am not sure what was going on but my wife asserted I was an unbearable mess. Later that night, after a semi-restful day, I was ready for bed by eight in the evening. I often go to bed after ten and rarely before. Additionally I slept in that morning and went to bed early the night before.
Monday proved even more difficult. In the morning I went to the gym and stretched, foam rolled and sat in the hot tub for a bit. I felt excited and eager as I discussed the coming race and the road I had been down. Most of the people I know from the gym know my story and are encouraging. Throughout the rest of the day I felt tired sometime, restless others. Occasionally I ended up in a state of total melancholy and others excitement and nervousness. When I got home my wife felt frantic and tried to deal with the fluctuation in mood. She complained I was happy one moment and down and sad the next. She thought I needed to go back to the gym and maybe that would level out my moods. Fortunately she was going to her mothers for the next few days to help her mom with some things or I think I would have driven her nuts. This morning I felt full of energy like I needed to be doing something and could not sit still while soaking in the hot tub.
The worst part of all this so far is the fear of pain and injury. Is the slight pain in my foot from my sprain coming back? Is my lower back hurting or feeling off? I don’t remember there being a pain there before? Is that a pain in my knee? Why am I getting frequent head aches? On top of this is the fear that I might tear, rip or pull something doing simple things, like picking up groceries or standing to wash dishes.
Then this morning I started to panic that I was forgetting things and that there was something important I had forgotten. I ended up spending the morning putting my list together of items to take and piling it so I can check and double check.
I am only a few days into this taper and I think this is the first time in three months I have not worked out in some capacity for two full days going into the third. I have some activity planned for this evening, but I feel frantic and out of control at times. Its really a mess right now. I am so ready to race and experience triathlon. Is this pre-race behavior normal? Til next time.
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