How do I feel? It's a mixed question. This morning, I would have written that I felt slightly more fatigued than usual. Tonight, I'm more optimistic. Most notable is that my right knee isn't hurting at all despite climbing to the Griffith Observatory and running a few miles after. Lately, my knee had been acting up on the run and sometimes during the bike, requiring ice and extra stretching. Tonight, no discomfort. That's a plus! It's been weeks since I felt that good after a workout.
The ride itself was a little tougher than I expected though. I found myself pushing a little harder than I wanted, but it was mainly because Frank joined me and I wanted to play catch-up. In the understatement of the year, I am a little competitive. Fortunately, Fortius teammates Mike and Richard playfully yanked me back and in their own way reminded me we were supposed to be tapering. Point taken.
Perhaps the best news of the day though was Coach Gerardo's email that tomorrow's 6 a.m. swim workout is cancelled, meaning I get a training off-day since nothing else is scheduled. Woohoo! I am so excited to sleep in, though I'll need the extra time to pack for the weekend. Despite the lack of workouts, tomorrow will still be packed with triathlon goodness. I'm likely buying a set of race wheels to go with the triathlon bike I don't own yet. They're Hed Jet 6 and 9 wheels. More info on them tomorrow once the transaction is complete. And I've got a pre-race massage with Fortius massage therapist David at 6:30 p.m. Since it's so close to the race the massage will be light and circulatory, mostly a relaxer. Can't wait.
Even though Wildflower is in just a couple days, I can't help but notice how relaxed I am. I've trained at Lake San Antonio. I've done more than 10 triathlons now. I'm experienced. I'm healthy. Well-rested. What's there to be nervous about? I know the course will be challenging, but it will probably be one of the most fun triathlon weekends I'll ever have.
210 days and counting.