Amazing to think it has been a year since I signed up for my first Ironman. At the time, it seemed so far away and I had plenty of time to get ready. The reality is I did have plenty of time to get ready but that time went by very fast.
I am now less than two weeks away from a goal I never thought possible. No more training, per se. Taper time. I heard from a friend today, Mary Knott, that at this point there is nothing more you can do to improve prior to the race - there IS, however, a lot you can do to regress or make things worse! Indeed tapering is a time to be confident in your past training, avoid the temptation of 'hammering it' and getting some well deserved rest. Above all, avoid injury.
Friends, I have put in the time. I have done multiple 100 mile rides. Multiple 2.4 mile swims and one marathon. I KNOW I can do each of the segments by themself. The challenge, of course, is doing them back to back and choosing to have fun at the same time.
To be honest, I waiver from confidence to terror which is one of the reasons I do this sport. You learn a lot about yourself and what makes you tick. You learn and re-learn, sometimes. That is part of the joy of doing something difficult.
Wish me luck....