Last year before IMAZ, I remember Coach Gerardo warning me about tapering. I'd be irritable. Short-tempered. Tired. Moody. Honestly, it never happened. I was so excited to participate in my first Ironman after a year of training that I could hardly wait. I knew I belonged with the other competitors, I was excited to be in Tempe, and I was flat out ready to rock.
For my second Ironman, it's a little different. I'm downright nutty right now.
Short-tempered? Check. Steph and I have been snapping at each other for days.
Stressed? Check. Wedding planning is building to a crescendo. Work is busy with two game titles close to ship and a third just getting off the ground.
Tired? Check. I'm having a hard time getting out of bed in the mornings. Today, I woke up with Steph at 6:30 a.m., hung out for a bit, tried to rally to get on my trainer and instead slept until 8:45. It's 9:40 p.m. now and I'll probably go right to bed after this post.
What's wrong with me?
Note to all engaged people out there...or engaged to be engaged people out there... NEVER do an Ironman within three months of your wedding. There are so many deadlines to contend with -- budgets, seating charts, floral arrangements, event planning, venue contracts, invitations and others I'm missing -- that it's impossible to focus on the race at hand. Not to mention work. At this point, I'm honestly thinking of changing my flight to Wednesday and getting the hell out of LA a day early, costs be damned. I need space and time to focus on this race!
I hope everyone else's taper is going well, for those of you fellow IMCDA'ers reading out there in space. As for everyone else, apologies in advance if I snip at you unintentionally. It's nothing personal.
It's just an Ironman taper.
9 days and counting.