Sunday, June 24, 2007

Mean weekend.

That's how I sum up my weekend. Mean. It wasn't hard. It wasn't painful. It was just mean.

This is the last weekend I train before I go into taper mode. Last chance I make my deposit to my Ironman bank account before I withdraw it on July 22nd.

What was the deposit?

Yesterday, I trained with Race4kids. The coach set up a 90 km loop course and let us ride for 6 hrs and a 7 km loop for us to run for an hour and a half.

I biked 6 hr and ran an hour. To make things interesting my front deraileur decided to die in the beginning of the ride. I was riding in my mid ring and grinding (instead of spinning) my way up all the hills. Ouch.

All in all a MEAN brick.

This morning the run was .... mean. It was hot and the sun was blazing down. With a bottle in my hand, I just go. I enjoyed the heat. I love it. I made sure the last 40 min I was running with the sun in my eye. There is nothing like sweat dripping all over while moving gracefully down the road with a smile on your face. At the end, I did a three hour run. Actually 2:45 plus 15 min cool down.

This is it. In four weeks, I will be putting the engine I have built to the test.

I am going to bed now. I will give a weekly summary tomorrow.

Ding ding ding. I am done. Taper mode is on.

13 comments:

Wendy said...

Enjoy your taper, Cliff. You've earned it!

Thomas said...

Happy taper. Try not to go crazy.

Brent Buckner said...

Taper: bought and paid for.

Now let all that training sink in!

brendaj said...

Very exciting! you must feel good heading into the taper with that kind of weekend workout.

Robin said...

Relax, focus and enjoy the taper channel.

Rachel said...

That's gotta feel good. End it with a tough workout. You've done the work! Enjoy your taper.

Rachel said...

Just read your comment...I'm totally hooked to Bevan's Ironman Talk. I don't know why..those guys are all super fast.

Anyway, yeah, I'm going to have to slow waaay down with the HRM. Right now, I'm just "observing." Sigh.

Phil said...

4 weeks! That's awesome. IT sure sneaks up on you doesn't it.

ShirleyPerly said...

Congrats on making it to your taper! Sounds like you've definitely earned it. Now ... don't blow things by doing too much ;-)

Michael said...

All the best with the taper (and race)! Rest up, recover (absorb the training) but stay sharp, there maybe a tendency to sit back and allow lethargy to slowly trickle into your life... don’t! More then ever, it is important to keep your eye on the ball, stay focused.

Lana said...

Wow, what a workout. It'll make you appreciate the taper for sure! You're going to rock the IM - you've plenty money in the bank.

Jeremy said...

Cliff, awesome last deposits into the Bank of IMLP. My base needs to get built up for another week before I start my taper. Just a couple of key workouts left!

Rae said...

Hello taper!! I can't believe IM is getting so close!!!!!! I wish we could all be there!