Today was my final long ride in Ironman training, marking the end of a seven-month journey. I still have light training to do, but am officially in taper so my life is about to drastically change. I'll be able to sleep until 7, stop carrying a huge bag of training gear everywhere I go and have one weekend where I won't be on my bike for endless hours.
So how do I feel about it? I'm experiencing mixed emotions. I wanted to arrive at taper looking forward to resting and recharging, but instead I've arrived battling an injury that could crush my Ironman dream. I've babied my foot and seen dramatic improvement since Friday, but if the race were tomorrow, I wouldn't be able to do it. I am thankful I have two weeks to keep on the path to recovery and I'm trying to stay optimistic. On the flip side, I'm incredibly proud of what I've accomplished. When I set out to do this I promised myself I'd give it everything I had and I did. I have no regrets and even surprised myself with the level of commitment I made. It has been incredibly rewarding.
I spent the weekend riding on Long Island with a friend so it made it feel less like work and took my mind off the challenges. I wasn't feeling 100%, particularly on Saturday, but I definitely felt good and don't feel I've lost any fitness. My foot was relatively pain free today and I was able to take some normal steps with my heel on the ground. I'm hoping to continue seeing improvement each morning.
I'm not sure what I'll do with all this free time. Maybe I'll embrace it and get the rest my mind and body desperately need. Or maybe I'll settle into taper madness by Wednesday and wish I had a six-hour ride on the schedule. It should be interesting to see how things go.
Distance - 32.41
Time - 2:07:48
Distance - 71.28
Time - 4:38:27