Mon dieu, I love this. Bwheels who enters a note to us about "Feb 02, 2003, Las Vegas, target: 3:10 (my second)". Imagine: February of next year (February might not mean a whole lot but it's still snowing here and we have to go through spring, summer, fall and the beginning of next winter before that Las Vegas marathon) and already someone in our little community down below is getting ready for it. To me, that is the best.
Which brings me to...
This taper period (we all have one in our programs) is really what we run for. Months and months of dedication and fun and devising it, running it, tinkering with it, getting back to it after an injury, writing it down, evaluating... and all of a sudden (it's always sudden) it's taper time.
Bwheels will be thinking taper next Christmas, and will be excited, proud, worried... and he/she already knows it.
When it's taper time, it's all done. You've done the work.
You've already won.
I like to think that in a race (marathon, triathlon, no difference) you win twice: at the start line and at the finish line.
So, those of us who are in taper mode, we've won the right to step up to that start line. Extraordinaire!
Now, if only I could tame that feeling of fear...
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