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Taper week and experiments with tools


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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). emoticon

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". emoticon

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. emoticon

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! emoticon
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OVERWORKEDJANET 6/11/2014 5:47AM

    Toys.
I love toys.
Have fun with yours.
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SWEDE_SU 6/11/2014 3:20AM

    sounds like a plan! and new electronic toys, woohoo! just got a garmin 220, and really like it.

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MOBYCARP 6/10/2014 9:30PM

    Enjoy the toys! Saw your connection request on Garmin, and was motivated to change the privacy from "only me" to "my connections" on my activities.

As to taper, half marathon week called the last week a taper, but the next to last week was definitely a cut back on workload. The last week had 4 runs of an easy 3 each; but the "long" run before that was only 6 miles, compared to the 10-13 we had been doing. So I'd say the taper was really two weeks, and it truly tapered rather than being just a sudden reduction in workload. (And no, I don't think they had different tapers depending on age.)

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DALID414 6/10/2014 9:23PM

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SLENDERELLA61 6/10/2014 8:58PM

    Great to invest in your health and hobby! May it prove to be all you want it to be!!

The long taper sounds right on to me! Looking back on it, I think my poor performance at Senior Games last year was probably a lack of total recovery from the Princess Half Marathon which I ran well with a cold. Recovery is important, and extra important for us senior athletes.

I'm so excited for you. 12 days and counting down...... Marsha

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MSLZZY 6/10/2014 5:15PM

    emoticon A new tool! Keep us posted!

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LEWILL1982 6/10/2014 3:50PM

    Enjoy your Garmin, I recently received the Garmin 220 for my Birthday from my parents. Still learning how to use it!

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EMMACLAIRE5 6/10/2014 3:48PM

    Well, the new Garmin will give you something to play with while you're not putting in long miles, right? Have fun :-)

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DLDMIL 6/10/2014 12:02PM

    How fun. Hope to hear more about it as you learn all about it. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 6/10/2014 10:11AM

    Have fun with your newest investment! And you're right . . . it IS an investment in our health, so worth it for sure!

Have a good day.

HUGS

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LESLIELENORE 6/10/2014 9:54AM

    oooh, toys! Have fun trying them out.

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LEANJEAN6 6/10/2014 8:48AM

    Life IS good Barb!!!! You must get some pics of you in this upcoming race! Lynda

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MIRAGE727 6/10/2014 8:02AM

    I found out some interesting things about my Garmin this past weekend. I'm starting NOT to depend on it during races. Long story and I will blog it out.
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When I did my first Tri last year, my now Tri Teammate and training partner told me three things:

1 HAVE FUN!
2 KEEP MOVING!
3 FINISH!

THAT is my plan in every Triathlon now! Wishing you all the best on a fun Tri, Barb! Enjoy!
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WATERMELLEN 6/10/2014 7:53AM

    Excellent reward and well deserved -- we need every motivation strategy going and clearly these tech experiments turn your crank!!!

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 6/10/2014 7:51AM

    Such an inspiration !!
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GABY1948 6/10/2014 7:37AM

    Wow, more and more I vision from your blogs of what to do....and I am not going to call myself "senior" or "older" anymore....but "MASTER"...LOL THANKS!

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SPINNINGJW 6/10/2014 7:32AM

    Have fun with the new toys! I look forward to seeing them the next time I am in your "neighborhood."


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