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Violating the "Rules" of taper


Saturday, September 07, 2013

Taper period: a period of rest and preparation for a big race. Typically carb and rest filled.

Before my last race, I did a slothy taper - in other words, I used taper as an excuse to sit on my butt all week. And eat bread. Performance was identical to the year before. This weekend's Triathlon with DOGLADY down in Sandy Hook NJ, I'm breaking all the rules.

I ran for 5 miles on Tuesday - hadnt run in a while, so it was a stretch distance. Thursday I went for an ST class (BodyPump) 50 minutes and boy am I sore. Yesterday (Friday) I went for a hour bike ride. It was lovely weather and I thouroughly enjoyed myself, but I'm still sore from the class.

I am resting today (Saturday) more from a need to clean the house, pack and drive, than from any tapering urges. I'm going to stretch thoroughly tonight - or I might not. I might be having such a good time with my aunt who's house I am staying at that I might forget.

At this point I have made my peace with the idea that I will *never* be the fastest one out there. I do these things for ME. Because it makes ME feel GOOD.

And the bling. I really like race medals.

I'm starting a new job on Monday. Still (officially) a temp position, but for at least a year its mine. There is a possibility that the person may retire, which I might get lucky. We will see what and where the year brings me!
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RAINA413 9/13/2013 1:52PM

    Congrats on the new job!! I am hoping for retirement!!

I am also putting this quote of yours on my bulletin board. It is totally inspiring!

"At this point I have made my peace with the idea that I will *never* be the fastest one out there. I do these things for ME. Because it makes ME feel GOOD."

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OVERWORKEDJANET 9/9/2013 4:49AM

    Good luck on the new job!

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JPONCIN 9/8/2013 4:51PM

    Haha I have never quite understood the concept of taper myself. I hope you have a great race! Can't wait to hear all about it! :)

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DOGLADY13 9/7/2013 8:57PM

    It's going to be so much fun to see you tomorrow morning!

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LESLIELENORE 9/7/2013 4:45PM

    Hey, just do what works for you!

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BLUENOSE63 9/7/2013 3:57PM

  Wow I wish I could be content with my finish.....I always think I could have done something differently...how did you wrap your head around such a positive thought of acceptance?

Good luck to you and DOGLADY at your tri! All you can do is leave it all out on the course....no more and no less!

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/7/2013 3:38PM

    Good luck to both you and DogLady... I'll be thinking of you during my second half! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 9/7/2013 2:59PM

    You are awesome!!! I'm so proud of you.

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FITFOODIE806 9/7/2013 1:34PM

    Sounds good to me! Have fun tomorrow!

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