Ironman Canada Training: TAPER

23 Jul

Well I have made it to TAPER! It was like yesterday I was sitting at the computer in between patients at 11am sharp to sign up for my 4th Ironman. We all anxiously awaited the time because we thought it would sell out quick. Little did we know it was not going to sell out at all. This is my first Ironman that has not been sold out. Even CDA sold out eventually. I am not sure it is going to matter at 7am on Sunday in the mass start. It will still feel like a million people!

It has been so nice to (for the most part) only have 1 work out a day! It has been nice to rest more!! Just letting all of the hard work soak in so I will be all ready to go on Sunday! Here is what taper looked like:

Sunday: Last day of regular work outs: 16 mile run. He wanted us to be a little faster than we will be on race day. Just a little uncomfortable. I was a little nervous after the Mt. St. Helens ride but it went really well. Dan and I left together. It was supposed to be hot. It was humid and cloudy. It even rained pretty good during miles 9-11. I was happy though. I could see the light. This was the end of the work! We stopped at about 12.5 miles to refill our water bottles. I pulled a little ahead of Dan(Who is chasing who now???!!) 🙂 I finished a few minutes ahead. I thought I was going much faster than I actually was but it felt good!!

OWS–cancelled because of thunder and lightning. BOO!!

We went and had sushi to celebrate the beginning of Taper!! No dessert. We actually thought about having it but we ended up being good and not even tempting ourselves!

Monday: REST

6 mile bike commute

Tuesday: 3700 yard swim: warm-up; drills; lots of pulling between sets of 100s.

8 mile bike commute

6 mile run: easy. I did a mix of rollers and flat. Felt good. A little different route than normal which is always fun!

Wednesday: 13 mile ride up to the zoo. The ride started good until I had a flat. No biggie. I got a little practice and we cut the ride short. We are in taper!!!

6 mile bike commute

Thursday: 3400 yard swim: warm up; pulling; 100s descending; 400 for our best time(TT if you will); 8x50s best time; another 400 for our best time but beat first one. 200s in between with drills/kicks. This was a great swim. I managed to beat my 1st 400 by 6 seconds! Holla!

15 mile bike commute

Friday: 6.17 mile run: 15 min warm up; 30 minute threshold test; 15 min cool down. I wish my first mile of the TT would have been a little faster. I did this on the road and I wished I would have gone to the track. But overall it was good! Hard but good!

Saturday: 24mile ride/3.1 mile run: Went out to Sauvie’s and did 2 loops. I had just had my pre-race meeting with Jeremy and I wanted to treat these 24 miles like I would the boring flat section of the race. I am going to watch my cadence and keep engaged that way! So that is what I did! Felt good. The run was awesome. Mixed in a few tempo sections.

Sunday: 2000 meter OWS. It felt good but my sighting was a little off. The cove where we swim is not great for sighting. There are 2 buoys that are very far from each other. The rest is trees that all look the same! Race day will be better with flailing arms and neon caps.

Monday: 4 mile run easy. I did it in the evening to try to run in the warmth. It wasn’t super hot and there was cloud cover.

6 mile bike commute

Tuesday: 1600 yard swim. Wow. So fast (as in I was only in the pool for 25 minutes). It has been a long time since I have done anything less than 2k in the water. My right shoulder was bothering a little bit so I cut it short. Just some fast/slow and build/hold stuff.

Wednesday: “Brick” 55 minute trainer ride/2 mile run: It was crazy weather. Poured all day. We decided just to be safe and ride the trainer. Definitely sluggish. But that is what taper will do. Looking forward to Sunday!

We have a shakeout work out on Friday and that is it!! Go time in:

What is happening with you?

9 Responses to “Ironman Canada Training: TAPER”

  1. erin July 24, 2014 at 4:37 PM #

    You are READY, Leslie! Enjoy your time in Whistler leading up to the race, and then SOAK.IT.UP! on Sunday! So very excited for you. Best of luck, and have FUN! 😀

  2. Kristen @ Glitter and Dust July 24, 2014 at 5:56 PM #

    I am SO SO SO excited for you, Leslie!!! Enjoy every moment of this experience, from the time you arrive to Whistler to the moment you cross that finish line. Looking forward to tracking you on Sunday and cheering from afar!

  3. Change of Pace July 25, 2014 at 8:08 AM #

    You are SO ready for every part of this race, Leslie! Have fun this weekend, and take it all in on race day! Best of luck to dan, too!
    Can’t wait to read all about it! I’ll be tracking you!

  4. lauren July 25, 2014 at 9:35 AM #

    Man your taper looks like peak week for me just with the running…haha! I know you are going to kick butt on Sunday and I can’t wait to obsessively refresh my computer screen to see where you are 🙂

  5. Single-Tracked Mind July 25, 2014 at 10:23 AM #

    You are ready to rock this! I can’t wait to hear how it goes. Best of luck and most important, have fun out there!

  6. Kristina July 25, 2014 at 12:32 PM #

    Good luck and enjoy the experience! Can’t wait to hear about it.

  7. Kecia July 25, 2014 at 2:07 PM #

    Congratulations on making it to race weekend!! Remember to smile and have fun…even when those evil demon voices enter your head at different moments during the race. I can’t wait to hear all about your experience!! AND…that sushi looks AH-MA-ZING!!

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