Monday, September 14, 2009
OK, athletes, the final push is here!
8 weeks of training remain. 6 weeks of hard training plus 2 weeks taper(assuming you're doing a 2-week taper. You can do your own math if that's different).
How do you feel to this point? Do you feel ready? Semi-ready? OMG, NOOOO!!!
If you're in the "feel ready" category, congratulations! Keep up the good work. If you're in the "semi" category, keep plugging ahead. You're going to get there. If you're in the "OMG, NOOOOO!" category, I suggest you're probably more ready than you think. Don't sweat it. Ironman is a daunting task and it makes everyone a little nervous.
I honestly think I could go out and do it tomorrow. Now, of course, I'm glad I don't have to and I'm grateful for 6 more weeks of hard training. But, I do think I could cover the distance.
My plan for the next 8 weeks is to train hard and recover when I'm suppossed to. I'm going to ramp up my hydration, lock down my training diet and buy a new pair of running shoes (motivation, right?). This last push is called the peak phase for a reason. I like to think about it this way: we've trained hard for 16 weeks to get our bodies ready to train really hard during this peak phase. We are not yet in the best shape we can be....these next several weeks will get us there!
Good luck to everyone. Stay focused. Train hard. All In!