Its Wednesday morning and I sit here now staring at my work computer feeling lethargic and tired, mind is numb and requires work to focus. The bliss from my final sprint distance triathlon, my 4th of the season, provided a short burst of excitement and energy, but now I feel zapped, tired and like I could go back to bed and sleep for a year. But i have been getting sleep and rest. But I should be excited, I am only a week and a half out from my big ‘A’ race of the season, my first Olympic distance race. So what exactly is wrong?
My initial plan was to do a two week taper starting this Monday. But last week required a drastic reduction in volume as I had pushed hard and my body finally objected. I backed down a bit and had a very sluggish feeling race this weekend, yet I felt better than I did on the previous Monday. I knew I just had to get to this week so I could embrace lower volume and increased intensity. Since I pushed so hard to get through the race on Sunday I planned for Monday and Tuesday to be easy days. Monday was a day off and Tuesday was supposed to be really low rpm spin and a pilates class in the evening. Everything went according to plan except the Pilates class was cancelled. I used the extra time to stretch, sit in the Sauna and relax. But once again today I feel wrecked, exhausted and tired.
The hard thing is I know I need to pick up some intensity on my thirty minute spin session tomorrow and I have a whole body low impact Aquafit class tonight. It feels odd being this tired and doing way less than I usually do on a daily basis. I am unsure if my body is fighting back, hitting me hard for the season’s abuse. All I know is that I set up a plan and I need to follow it through…. I really should not feel this tired while doing so little. I guess this is just the effects of tapering. I had some of this for my first race back in April but I did not push as hard as I did the rest of the season and the way I did in September. September was the craziest training month for me with races and events every weekend and increasing my training hours to new heights (13 hours in a week to me is allot).
Guess I just got to trust the plan. Get some rest and relax. Boy, I hate tapering.
Til next time.
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- Lake Lanier Sprint Triathlon Race Report (chatterdoesfitness.wordpress.com)
- How Triathlon Changed My Life (crushingiron.com)