If this is tapering, I'm not feelin' it yet. I just got done with a yoga class that let out just after 9 p.m. I ran about 8.5 miles this morning. And just now, I packed a full bag for a 2.4 mile swim tomorrow morning and an hour of intervals cycling immediately after.
This is tapering?
Sure, I had a (well-deserved) day off from training on Monday. And, yes, I'll have this Friday off as well. Yet the intensity of the workouts still doesn't quite feel like what I expected. Maybe my expectations were off. I figured we'd be doing general maintenance work at this point -- just enough of a workout to keep my energy levels moderate so I'm not ready to tear the legs off a Cheetah barehanded. After I catch up with it, of course.
Instead, I've got another 5:40 a.m. wakeup call tomorrow to plop into the pool. I thought I was done with those for the immediate future.
Maybe the REAL taper starts next week when my training hours head closer into the single digits. I'm really looking forward to that. What I'm going through right now feels closer to thinking you've finished a marathon and then the race organizers tell you, "Oh wait, it's actually 27.2 miles now. You've got one more mile to go!"
OK. Off to bed. More training beckons early in the morning.
18 days and counting.