For those who aren't into running, biking or what-have-you, tapering is when you start pulling back your training just before your goal race. The idea being that training stresses the body quite a bit, and giving yourself a rest before a race will be less injury prone, and help you perform at maximum fitness.
I've been trying to push myself a bit in the last week by riding my bike in an effort to bump up my fitness, but doing so is kind of like cramming for a test. It might help answer a few extra questions here and there, but it's not going to undo all the lost time. However, as you can see, I did get a nice bump in my fitness metric on the PMC graph:
So what I need to do now is try to get the pink and yellow lines to overlap right on race day. I'll pad the week with a few easy runs and a few bike rides to try to get the cross over right on the money.
It doesn't mean I'll do well, but it should help me do as well as I can.
The next blog post will be after the race.
I have a long road ahead to get to the half iron man, but just to take a look back and reflect again on how far I've come, here is the performance management chart for this whole year:
Even with all my ups and downs trying to pull off this crazy experiment, and even though I've had several set backs, you can see I am in far better fitness than when I started.
Another metric I am happy about - or at least I am happy about it's trajectory - is my Vo2Max.
If you look at this age chart, you'll see that, for my age, a vo2max of 50 is pretty good - it's even pretty good for a 25 year old. There is a lot of room for improvement though. Stickman, for example, had a vo2max of 80 - which is shocking.
I am almost to the point where I can get started! :)
And remember, next year is going to come along whether you get started or not.