Friday, November 12, 2010

Winding Down

More and more, I have this feeling of “let’s just get it over with”.  My body is ready.  My mind is tired.  I have been going since January, and I AM READY FOR DOWNTIME.  LOL…  I am currently going through that phase in my taper where the volume comes down, but the intensity goes up slightly, to keep things sharp.  During my swim on Wednesday, about half of my intervals were intense, and I was loving it, even though I hated the thought of working out, over all.  It’s always nice to start a work out sans fatigue, feeling the strength returning to the muscles after almost a year’s worth of hard work.

Earlier that day, I took a leap of faith.  I dropped my brand spankin new bike off at the tri shop in Stone Mountain, GA to be shipped to Ironman Arizona.  I got an email from them earlier in the week with logistical information, including a note to check the cut off times, as they had changed.  Sure enough, mine had moved up from Friday to Thursday at noon.  I made the trip out to Stone Mountain during lunch on Wednesday.  They tagged my bike and bag, but I got nothing saying my bike was in their possession.  I let the peeps at Tri Bike Transport know that I was not happy with this.   They have a stellar reputation, but there is almost always room for some slight improvements in the process.  Hopefully, I will arrive in Tempe AZ to find my bike safe and sound.

All, of course, made my hybrid Bags happy.  With Haint out of the picture, she is the go to bike for workouts.  Shhhh, don’t tell her that she squeaks and riding her is like riding a brick.  My workout yesterday called for some Zone 3 work, but I just wasn’t up to it.  I opted to ride a hilly route instead.  Just enough intensity during my hour plus ride to work the muscles over.  My thighs were hating it for the first half hour or so, but after that, it was all good.

The weekend looks to be beautiful, and I’m looking forward to spending it with my family.  Matthew’s game was cancelled on Saturday, and I have successfully (so far) resisted the urge to pick up some games to ref.  I’ll get in a swim, and a one hour run on Saturday, then a bike on Sunday.  Then, its Iron Week.

Let the fun begin…

Wes

p.s.  DC Rainmaker is giving away a Garmin 210!  Go by and say hi!

12 comments:

Kim said...

ha, shaun is feeling the same way "let's get this over with" and then "let's get this over with so i can eat and drink my face off"

the bikes are gone and now it's time to sleep and keep yourself healthy before the big day!

Jess said...

That's the way I feel this week about next weekend's marathon. I just want it to hurry up and get here....gahhh.

Hopefully your bike makes it out to AZ just fine! Wishing you a great last week of taper!

Gotta Run..Gotta Ride said...

I can only imagine how nervous it would be to drop off your tri bike BUT I am sure that you are tracking that baby as we speak.

So excited to follow you next week as you complete yet another Ironman. You have worked you butt off this year and now it is time to hammer is our on the course.

I will be toasting a few beers to you. How does that sound? Enjoy your weekend!

Lily on the Road said...

Yikes, Wes, I hope your bike makes it there, I'd be having a nervous caniption...

Well have fun during your taper madness and I'm so very happy to read that you're able to have some long overdue family time...

Molly said...

Woohoo!!! It's almost time! The race weather is looking PERFECT!

Scott Keeps Running said...

I think I saw that bike heading past me toward Canada. Sure you put the right address on it?

Lisa said...

Safe travels to the Haint!

Your big day is almost here!!

Michelle said...

Hope all goes well with the bike transport. Can't wait for the big day!!!

LBTEPA said...

ooooh! Soooooo exciting!

Julie said...

Wes with down time!?! That will be the day! You are such an over achiever and go getter! I think you should rest for a few weeks after this big race. I know you are ready...now we just need the race day to get here:)

Take care of yourself!

Leana said...

I definitely had that same feeling approaching IMC. Good luck, you are almost there!!! I hope your bike arrives safe and sound!

Karen said...

Energy bubbling I can feel it rising.. nearly there.. so excited and I'm not even racing!!