IM Flipper is like, what, two weeks away? And...
... the taper is in full force. Frankly, it's making me nutty. Yesterday, my training schedule had one word on it, Yoga.
For the last three months Wednesday meant riding hills and a 5k run PLUS yoga. But this week, in the middle of the taper it's just yoga. Ummmm... I don't know if I can do just yoga!!
... sigh ...
Also, why didn't someone tell me that the Ironman taper means eating anything in sight? Holy All-You-Can-Eat-Rib-Night, Flatman! I'm on a constant "get in my belly!" I've raided the kitchen for every piece of fruit, the 'fridge for all the meat, and the pantry for every Powerbar we had and I'm still craving a whole baked chicken. Usually when the kids refuse to finish their dinner I coax them into cleaning their plate. But not these days. Now, when TriBuddy says, "I don't like this meat," or Miss M cries, "I hate salad," I say, "Good, that means more for me" and I pour their food onto my plate. Yeah, things are out of control. Hell, if the cat's food didn't smell like ... well ... cat food even her dinner would be at risk.
Oh, and let's not forget the sleeping, or more correctly, the lack of sleeping. Every day this week I stayed awake until nearly midnight and woke up at 4 AM feeling so full of energy I could whip Mike Tyson's butt ... after eating my middleweight in breakfast, of course.
Maybe somebody should put a warning label on this Ironman taper thing.
Like most triathletes I'm a bike guy. I always check out the equipment I see others riding, ogle the glossy bike porn ads in the tri magazines, and go to the bike store to run my fingers across the newest frames. I just can't help myself. So, let me show you my ride.
It's a 2005 Specialized S-Works Transition triathlon specific geometry.
Here are the specs:
Frame: Specialized S-Works Tranistion Aluminum Size 54
Aerobars: Profile Design Carbon Stryke
Fork: Specialized Carbon Speed Zertz
Hydration: Specialized Aluminum Cages (yeah, I know, old school, but hey, they work great!)
Computer: Polar CS200cad Wireless
Seatpost: Specialized Carbon Speed Zertz
Wheels: Zip 404 Carbon Tubulars (labels removed)
Tires: Continental Sprinter Tubulars. 27mm front and 28mm rear
Drive Train: Shimano DuraAce 7800 Crank 53-39, Shimano DuraAce Ten Speed 11-23 Cassette
Pedals: Look Keo
It's a very stiff and responsive rig with a hair trigger off of the line. Pure zoom, zoom!
I'd write more but I just returned from the grocery store and have a whole chicken baking in the oven.