Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Hump Day Inspiration

So, yeah. This is the taper. Then why am I so tired? And why do I hurt? Where did that knee pain come from? And that twinge in my neck and shoulder? Are they even real? Are they psychosomatic? Am I psycho?

Two weeks ago in the throes of peak mileage, I was pushing through it all. This morning, I could hardly get going. An ez recovery run was almost insurmountable. It's as if my brain has shut down and subconciously believes that these workouts don't "count." My body can't be bothered to put in a true effort. Is this normal

I need inspiration. But, if you don't want to cry, don't scroll down any further.

Don't say I didn't warn you.


Nytro said...

i must have been tapering for the last four months... THAT explains it.

21stCenturyMom said...

I don't know if it is normal but I'm guessing it is. If I were in your shoes I would go get a massage. And I'd just get throught he workouts because my coach said so.


Jane said...

Damn it - I can't cry at work.... Ok, ok, you did warn me.

I think you'll be fine, and no you are not psycho. Nor psychosomatic. (I think I'm qualified to tell you this) Since you have time to worry now, you are probably paying attention and more aware of every little blip and bobble.

IronJenny said...

Rest. You already are ready. I will see you out of the water, on your bike, in transition (be sure to get suncreen from me!) and on the run.
Can't wait to be there when Mike Reilly tells you that you are an Ironman.

Fe-lady said...

I hear that's what everyone goes through during a taper...doesn't sound like fun to me! But yeah you are ready...
I have seen this video before.
I have worked with kids like this...and continue to do so altho non are physically challenged this year- but some of them DO love to we let them.

Brent Buckner said...

It's my version of taper normal, anyhow.

Body is busy doing a lot. I've discarded the notion of morning workouts; getting out of bed is sufficient.

Curly Su said...

The Hoyts were at Timberman; it was amazing to see them in action. There are now puddles on my laptop from me crying.

And tapering is always ridiculously hard. Soon enough the race will be there and you'll be glad you did, but meanwhile...just try to relax. Meditation or yoga maybe?

Phoenix said...

Yeah, I'm with you on the aches and pains striking fear into your very core. I'm right there with ya. I have faith that you will be amazing at IMOO. You should too.

As for the video - I'm a mess now, thanks. I looked up the Team Hoyt website and Rick said "I don't feel handicapped when we compete." So. Yeah. I think I need to go home.

Good luck with the taper - it will do your body good.

Flatman said...

Rawk it.

Iron Benny said...

Ah yes, the taper. The much anticipated, but then much hated taper. Yes, I understand my friend. Don't let the taper blues get you down. Trust your preparation and trust the taper. Also, I don't think we need a strange knee pain to know that you are a psycho. I'm just sayin'.

I also wanted to tell you that your previous post was some of your best work.

Stay sharp G, and watch your food consumption. This is when it's really easy to gain weight because you are used to eating one way, then all of a sudden, you have to eat another way. That is the hardest part about tapers for me.

Iron Benny said...

I told myself I wouldn't cry. That clip gets me every time. I'm a boob like that I guess. Thanks for posting it. That really is inspirational. Later G

JohnnyTri said...

I've seen this before and Dang, Grey!! Get's me everytime! So loving and inspiring!!


TriShannon said...

I am feeling the same way!! My coach says it is normal and by next week should be itching to go, but geez. Nothing like feeling like poo to tank your confidence.

To top it off, after months of getting up at 5am I am now hitting snooze until about 6:30... cannot drag my butt out of bed. WHAT?!?

Oh, the taper blues.

Dave Fleet said...

Holy crap that video got me - that's the first time I've seen that... it's going up on my blog right now.

Good luck with the taper! It always drives me nuts. Hang in there!