Taper weeks aren’t fun, especially with nerves about the stability of one’s knee for the duration of his strongest aspect of the race (the bike).
M: 4mi run aerobic, a few small hill climbs, and then dinner with some family friends that I hadn’t seen in a long time. Dropped my bike off at Breakaway Bikes to give it one final look over. They were also going to brainstorm my ideas and causes for my knee pains.
T: Another 4mi aerobic run, hitting some hills, and generally feeling pretty good about my running.
W: Spent the day getting the business humming along nicely so that it would not notice my delayed responses for the following two days, and then spent the afternoon down @ Breakaway talking with Richie and Max. They couldn’t find anything wrong with the bike that may be causing it, other than the fact that the bike itself doesn’t fit me particularly well, and after a pretty long season (first race = Jan 07) my body has finally decided that it has had enough riding on a bike they can’t fit. As you may notice from the picture below, the bars are raised as high as they can go, but unfortunately still aren’t in a position that is high enough. However, the consensus was that with the hill climbing at Timberman, I’d have enough breaks that it should hopefully not become a problem during the race. After I race, I’ll go back to meet with them to discuss plans for the remainder of the season and beyond.
Oh, and I packed everything.
R: Drive to NH with Kristen. Hit the road by 9a, and arrived around 4. We went right to Ellacoya State Park, and I hopped in the water in my wetsuit to check the temperature and just stretch out a bit. Afterwards, we drove to our hotel, about 35 minutes away, unpacked and got dinner.
F: Woke up in the morning and took the bike out for a final spin, just to check all working parts and stretch my legs for 45.’ My Speedfil A2 replacement cap (below) had arrived just as I was leaving, so I was able to add that on and go out. Even in my short ride, I encountered a good amount of hills, but I felt good climbing up them. In the afternoon, went to the course to check in and get my stuff, and then saw The Candidate in the evening.
S: Headed down to the course, biked the run loop once, and ran a mile just to stretch out. Because there is very limited parking at the course (otherwise requiring you to park at Gunstock and get bused to/from the course), we decided to purchase a parking spot in a neighbor’s driveway. An extra hour of sleep, in my mind, was totally worth $20. Racked my bike, and then headed back to the hotel. Got everything packed up and ready for race day, and then went to dinner, and was in bed before 10p for a 4:40a wakeup.
S: Coming next…