Tapering is hard work! It's hard to convince myself that an hour of spinning, 30 min weight set, and 30 min run (even if the run is fast) is a decent amount of work for one day. But still...
Tomorrow will be even more relaxed as I swim and run with friends (especially when I run with a baby jogger!) I'm pretty ok with this slow pace though. I really needed to relax for a week, since my run times were actually slowing down and I think I was overdoing a bit. That's a major part of why I think I need a coach- I definitely need to get my act together and train smart instead of just long. I tend to think that anything under three hours a day, six days a week isn't really training, even though I know that's ridiculous. Then again, at the moment I actually have time for it!
I made a list of what I need to work on for next year, and what I would tell a coach:
Cyclocross season- September through November Philly marathon- November 22 Road Cycling season- March through early May Shamrock marathon- March King of the Hill off road triathlon- early May RI 70.3- July Sprint/Olympic tris over the summer Ironman Louisville- August (maybe? I'm trying to find a close enough one to do and this one is oddly convenient) Skylands sprint triathlon- late September
It's a lot and it's a mix of disciplines and distances, hence the need for a little direction. I know it's scattered, but stuff like the road and cyclocross seasons are more for fitness than serious A races, as is Skylands and the two marathons (which are more to get ready for Ironman than anything else). And the off road tri is just a race that I really want to do, though it involves learning how to mountain bike. But then again, that's what cyclocross is for! Mainly next year will focus on winning sprints and Olympics, and surviving an Ironman. But I think I definitely need some professional help getting sorted out.
Also, my friend Don sent this to me a while ago, and I kept meaning to put it on here and kept forgetting: Cyanide & Happiness @ Explosm.net
I love it! (And so did my Dad)
Now, off to Chipotle for dinner with a friend from high school. Happy training!