With this being the week of lasts I got through my long swim and was on my way. Thursday came around and I faced a decision. It was beautiful outside and I had a long run and a long bike left for the week. I wanted to bike but I had committed to a group ride on Saturday, even though it was going to be cold and wet (it’s 3C and raining as I write this). After humming and hawing I decided to head out for my long run and hold off on the bike.
15KM in 25C with no water was a bit dumb but it was a shorter long run and I didn’t realize how hot it really was until I was done. Lesson learned. Friday was much of the same weather wise and again I thought about doing my bike and skipping the group ride. Then the email came in. Group ride cancelled. Within 30 minutes I was heading North out of Burlington. And what a gorgeous day it was!
I took it easy for most of the way but added in lots of climbing up the bigger hills in the area. 14th Sideroad, Bell School, 6th Line and Appleby Line. The best part about climbing those hills is coming down them :) I did stop on the way down 14th Sideroad to take a picture.
I rode up to Kelso and from there rode the Milton Sprint Triathlon course. I am not doing that race this year but it is the course for the first tri I ever did and I haven’t actually ridden the whole course since the race two years ago. While up on the escarpment I took a short break to chow down on a Bonk Breaker and enjoy the views.
It ended up being a very relaxing 75KM ride and the perfect way to start a taper. Today is a rest day and a get shit done day. All this couldn’t come at a more perfect time. I’ve peaked. It was apparent in this weeks long workouts that I am trashed. Mentally I am beat from 18 weeks of training hard. Physically I am as fit as I am going to get and my body is tired. It is time to rest and recover and get ready to race Knoxville.
Let the taper madness begin……..