Friday, October 1, 2010

The Art of the Taper.

Tapering for a event can go one of two ways, it is either 1.) maddening, or 2.) the greatest 1-2 weeks of any training plan.  No matter what number you fit under, it seems that one prevailing thought is pretty much the same.  You still feel as if you can get just a little bit better if you push just as hard those last couple of weeks.  It's the emergence of that Type-A personality that makes up, oh, probably 90%, of most endurance athletes that creates these thoughts. In my case, I've had to play catch-up regarding the whole training plan, and I'm going into this taper session realizing that I am probably going to suffer greatly on a course that I have never completely run, at a distance that surpasses the marathon by over 5 miles, and under conditions that might be muddy, dry, or a combination of the two.  I'm telling myself that it's a great big cross country race, only farther, and realizing that the only person who has to believe this load of crap is me, the manufacturer.

Most people look at the taper timeframe as a time to reflect on the hard work and wonder how much better they would have been if they had run just a few more miles, or biked up just another hill, or maybe swam another 100 or two along the way.  No matter how the easing of the schedule works, time would be better spent thinking and planning for the upcoming event, and not pondering how catastrophic the past few weeks or months have been due to injury or scheduling difficulties.  Show me the person who has had a flawless training plan over a year, and I'll show you someone who should be knighted or appointed to sainthood.
So, with that in mind, how is pissing and moaning going to help me in the 50K portion of the Oil Creek 100 trail race.  It won't.  I have a good idea on how I want to approach this race, and how I want to run it, but like every race I have ever entered in my life, I will be taking it as it comes.  I'm looking forward to it really, but at the same time knowing that there is gonna be some suffering occuring.

-I bought two new pairs of shoes today, the Brooks Adrenalize GTS's were getting close to 600 miles and really starting to feel like it.  I tried on a new pair of the GTS's, and tried on a pair of the Nike Structure Triax, and loved them both.  But, because the Nike's have a higher rear posting, which supposedly are more caring of the Achilles and the heel areas, and after a very tough call, I chose the Nike's.  However, I had to size up to 10.5 because the 10's were real tight and my toes were agonizingly too close to the front.  The larger size was snug, and just as comfortable.  BUT, I also picked out some trail shoes, of which choosing these little monsters may be a whole new blog in the future itself, and they are also, after trying on a couple of pairs, the Nike Structure Triax Trail version.  Like the normal road shoes, just add Gore-Tex and waterproofing.  Very comfortable, nice tread, but here's the kicker, they are size 10.  Go figure.

-Have been tinkering with the site a little.  I've decided to take the M-Dot off, and add the logo for the next race in it's place.  I'm leaving the tri-club logo and the Louisville Ironman logo to signify that achievement.  No, it's not a statement against "The Man" and their attempt to subvert the pure-as-the-wind-driven-snow sport of triathlon and the Ironman distance, it's a redundancy issue.  I suppose that I could get rid of the Lousville logo, and leave the infamous log, but really, it's my blog and I'm making the call.  Think of it as a salute to the race and the city, it was an outstanding event.

On On.

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