May 24, 2006

Happy Festivus!

Post Race Recovery Morning Workout
1 hour 15 minutes
Heart Rate Zone: Recovery

Random Comments: Because of back-to-back races, our need to taper and a seemingly mis-timed training schedule, Cat and I are in our fifth straight "recovery" week. We started our Ironman training somewhere around Christmas time and have been pushing forward since then. Back around New Years Day everybody was telling us that we're so far ahead of schedule in terms of training so all seemed to be going fine. Until five weeks ago, that is. You see, aside from the two races over the past three weeks, we really haven't had much of a hard workout since somewhere around Tax Day and won't be having anything challenging to do until well after Memorial Day. I hope that means that we'll be pushing the limits of endurance far beyond Independence Day because we will probably have to start this damn tapering again on Argentina's Independence Day. For Godsakes, our bikes get shipped to Lake Placid on Puzzle Day, we get on a plane and fly east on Flitch Day and then it's only a few short days, if not hours, until there we are, smack dab in the middle of National Hot Dog Day, National Vanilla Ice Cream Day and, oh yeah, that Ironman race.

(As a side note, let me just make it clear that Flitch Day is one of my all-time favorite holidays. It stems from a long-ago custom whereby bacon was given to married couples who could prove they had lived in harmony and fidelity for one year. Flitch Day was, in essence, marriage judgement day. Very few, unfortunately, "took home the bacon.")