I couldn't help but sneak a peek at my preliminary training schedule next week, since it had just been posted. 13.5 hours.
The following week? 9.5 hours (???).
Race week? 4 hours (?????????).
In what might be the biggest understatement of the year, I find the taper period appealing. Less training. More resting. My kind of forecast! I may even have TWO days off a week! TWO! Oh what will I do with my time?!
One thing I will do is savor it. I earned this time off! I made it! I pushed through! I logged the time, now to the tune of 575 hours.
That said, I wonder how I'll handle the energy surge. I'm already feeling a little jittery today after what really was a light week of training despite the roughly 7.5 hours I logged. I can't imagine how I'll feel in the final few days. I may have to wear a T-shirt that says, "Caution! Wild Ironman Alert!" I've already started warning my closest friends, family and co-workers that I'll be a bit of a crazy man the final few days, as Coach Gerardo warned.
Heck, maybe that's what I should have dressed up as for Halloween!? WILD IRONMAN ON THE LOOSE!
23 days and counting.