Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Capitulation

Last night, I surrendered. It doesn't come easy to me. This giving up, but that is what I did.

After my race on Saturday, I had a long bike ride on Sunday. Liz said that I could do three hours if I wanted, but 2.5 hours was OK. I wasn't really happy with my long ride from Monday. There to fore, I decided to give the three hours a go and see if I could hit 56 miles again.

On the way out, it was apparent that my legs were less than a hundred percent, which was to be expected. I kept it Zone 1 for a while, crept up into Zone 2, then held it steady there. For a brief period of time, I allowed my HR to creep into Zone 3, and no. That group of triathletes I blew past from the Atlanta Tri Club had nothing to do with it. When I ran out of steam near the turn around, they re-passed me like I was standing still.

The way back was mostly steady Zone 2. I didn't quite negative split the ride, coming in about 3 minutes over, but I was happy with that. I made it to Jimmy's soccer game on time then got to spend dinner with my father and step-mother who were in town for the weekend.

Monday was special. With all the soccer tournaments, I've had to take my rest day on the weekend and use Monday to make it up. Having Monday off this week was just awesome.

I waited until the end of the day Tuesday to do my long run of the week. The plan was to spend the first thirty minutes building from Zone 1 to Zone 2, then 45 minutes building from Zone 2 to Zone 3, then everything I got for the last 15.

Everything was fine through the first part of the workout. I ran down the hill and over to Hobgood Park where its relatively flat. When I started to ramp up in to Zone 3, my legs really started hurting. After four loops of the park, I got really really bored and decided to take a different tack. I ran down to the entrance of my hood, up the hill on the other side and onto the flat mile stretch of road where I do my bike intervals. Was able to hold Zone 3 for the full two miles out and back. By the time I got back, my legs felt like I was at the end of the run in a half Ironman! I still had two miles to get home, and two big hills to tackle to boot.

I held Zone 3 to the base of the hill, about 1.5 miles from home, then used a combination of run/walk to finish up the run. I walked into the house, sat down in my chair, and surrendered. I was a beaten man. These last two to three weeks have really kicked my ass. Taking on soccer matches to ref was probably not a good idea, but a man does what a man has to do.

Physically, my body is exhausted, but I know it will recover strong and be ready for race day. Mentally, I am glad these long training days are a thing of the past. I am ready to get this race done and over with. Not to fear. This is not a negative attitude. Just relief and a sense of "it's time to get on with it".

Bring on the taper. Let's get'er done...

22 comments:

Jess said...

I understand that feeling of wanting the race to hurry up and get here so we can leave the long training days behind us for a while! Nice job getting in some great work outs!

Lily on the Road said...

bring on taper madness!!!

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

BRING ON THE TAPER!!!!!

Molly said...

Woohoo! Taper time!!! Sounds like all this extra tough work has made you READY!!!

LBTEPA said...

You've earned that armchair, Wes - enjoy!

triguyjt said...

time to get it done!!!!!

Kevin said...

Sounds like you will be going into Augusta well prepared. I am thinking about heading to Red top for that OWS on Sunday since I need to pull out my wetsuit before Augusta

Joe said...

You are rockin' Wes...way to hang in there, yellow cards and all.

I'm impressed...enjoy the taper and don't over-eat!!

Missy said...

I think it's great because it sounds like you're ready to race. I love that feeling of - let's get on with it, I'm ready, let's go NOW. A little more rest and you're golden.

Runner Leana said...

Ah yes, that is a feeling I am familiar with. The "let's get this party started already" feeling. Bring on taper!!!

Shannon said...

This always happens to me at the end of a training season, "I just want to get this thing on!" On race day you'll rock it out!

Stuart said...

Sounds like a big workout at the end of a long plan! I for one am starting to really appreciate the taper and it sounds like you will to!

Carolina John said...

ah, augusta is just a few days away. enjoy the taper bro. the legs will be fresh by race day.

Calyx Meredith said...

Surrender to the taper. Sounds like you are perfectly primed for a great race. No wonder you want it to go ahead and be here.

Gotta Run..Gotta Ride said...

most never enjoy the taper period but it sounds like you will and there is nothing wrong with that.

Jess said...

Enjoy the taper; you've worked hard!

Backofpack said...

I hear you! There comes a point where the resting part of the taper is very appealing. So...rest up, enjoy and race well!

Marni said...

You are almost there!! Enjoy your taper week!!
-marn

Michelle said...

Glad it's taper time - sounds like you're ready for it.

Mary Gee said...

I think you are totally completely and consistently amazing.

Annette said...

Yay for taper time! Or not???? ;)

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