My official taper has begun. As if the weather forecast knew I had flexibility in my schedule this week, the skies opened up and rained shortly after I finished my swim outside this morning and continued all day. As a result, I am moving by cycling workout from tonight to tomorrow. The weather looks better and I am happy to have the evening off after my roller coaster weekend. This morning we swam 2,500 meters with a main set of 1,800 meters made up of 6 repeats each of 150, 100, and 50 meters. Doesn’t sound like much of a taper, but it is. We are starting gradually…. I was very happy with my pace, more encouragement to bank in my “you can do this” self chant.
Anticipation comes with tapering for a race, at least for me. My busy schedule is slowing and I await the big event I have been training for all year. I spent all winter and a good amount of spring swimming five to six times a week to get stronger, cycling hills and hills to prepare my legs for the bike, and I have run – through a sprained ankle too – to develop stronger legs and lungs for an improved run. I also love running in and of itself – there are many running races on my schedule this year. But this is one of my biggest races in the year and all of the training has brought me to these two weeks of tapering and anticipation.
“The idea of waiting for something makes it more exciting” – Andy Warhol
I did a little research on Good Reads and found these quotes. Two very different people, yet both saw the excitement in the anticipation. Rather than fret and develop nerves over what is to come, I will enjoy the excitement of these two weeks. Because in a blink of an eye, or rather 6 and a half hours or more, it will be over. Of course I will be planning my next big race within 24 hours of crossing the finish… But all the more to create excitement for what is to come and enjoy each day as I live it.