Yes, there are only 12 days until the big event now. I have begun the "taper week" on the training plan. Now, "taper week" is normally only a week, but I've read the appendices for women and "masters" (seniors) in The Triathlete's Training Bible by Joe Friel, and I am unabashed about making my taper in fact almost two weeks long.
Taper calls for much shorter workouts than the stamina and strength building phases. My Saturday swim and Sunday brick were my last long workouts. Tonight? Just 400 yards in the pool is what it calls for.
So I packed my swim bag, and I am going to use this shorter swim to experiment with my latest major investment. It came in the mail yesterday. A Garmin Forerunner 910XT. For those who don't drool over technology in triathlon web sites, this is a fancy watch that is GPS enabled for training, safe to wear on an open water or pool swim, and purportedly will count your stroke efficiency (it measures arm rotations and laps) as well as a rough GPS reading in open water (satellites can only catch it while your arm is out of the water).
There are some other gadgets in the bundle that involve attaching it to the bike and putting magnets and a sensor on your rear wheel assembly. These are all about training and power and measurement... and I may not mess with them until after the race. I may not mess with them on Brenda at all, but save them for a road bike "someday".
It's also got a heart rate monitor with the bundle, which will work fine for the bike and run training, but they say right up front it won't work on the swim. Fine by me... I haven't trained outdoors with a HR monitor in quite a while, not since the watch that came with one I had broke. I once in a while wear one on the treadmill, just to get an idea. Having this new one gives me more options.
We shall see. Anyway, tonight will be a pool swim and I'm curious. Since it's a short workout, it's perfect for experimenting with the new tool.
So, yes, I'm back in the phase of closing my eyes and trying to jump-start the economy single-handed! Hard on the budget, yes. But this is my reward/motivation and an investment is staying fit, long-term.
LIFE is good. It's better when I'm fit. It is at its best when there are kindred spirits along for the ride. Consistently, consciously, and creatively making choices to support the long term goals, I remain GRATEFUL for each and every day!