Going into the taper, I had a good few solid weeks of training, including Husky LC.
Weekly totals were:
- 21h25m (Week of Feb 11)
- 21h48m (Week of Feb 18)
- 23h05m (Week of Feb 25)
I was pretty happy with how things went following Husky. I pulled up pretty well (much better than last year's long course race in MT) and within a few days was getting around training as-per normal. My only regret is not getting in any really killer swim sessions. Would'a, could'a, should'a.
My plan for the taper, in a nutshell:
- Week 1: an 80% run load vs. the average of the prior month, with similar swim/bike totals.
- Week 2: 80% of Week 1's running; 65-70% of cycling average volume; Normal swim volume.
- Week 3 (Race week): Bugger all, save some small sessions i.e. few 15 minute runs and bikes.
It'll be important to keep a good amount of intensity in there and not simply fall into a "short and slow" trap which will inevitably lead to a flat day.
Anyhoo. 9 days to go!