Yet another blog from some random dude training for Ironman and beyond

How to taper for LOTOJA

Riding a bike 206 miles in a single day is no easy task — not even for superheroes like Cameron Hoffman.

After a summer of training — or not really training, in my case — it’s always advisable to slow things down before the big day. A good taper period is a way to let the legs rest, recover and be fresh when they are about to be asked to suffer like crazy. Riding a little here and a little there is a great way to keep them moving without killing the legs.

In may case, though, I’ve been tapering by laying on my couch, dripping snot from my nose like a faucet and feeling like a big 195-pound pile of poo.

Not good.

So, if you see me on the side of the road somewhere near Allred Flat looking like this …


… you’ll know my taper was a little too extensive.

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4 responses

  1. I’ll be impressed if you make it to the start line!

    September 9, 2010 at 10:57 am

  2. je

    I’ll start. And I’ll finish

    September 9, 2010 at 11:10 am

  3. Sorry, I read this post as a pre-emptive excuse as to why you would either 1) DNS or, 2) DNF. Thus my comment that given how poorly you’ve prepared (“…not really training, in my case”) and how crappy you’ve felt this week (“…laying on my couch, dripping snot from my nose like a faucet and feeling like a big 195-pound pile of poo”) I would be impressed if you made it to the start line.

    You have finished LOTOJA twice so you don’t need to prove anything to anybody.

    If you’re certain to both start and finish the race I’m unsure why you would post something like this.

    Regardless, good luck and enjoy yourself.

    September 9, 2010 at 1:38 pm

  4. bob

    will you be doing it on a single speed? If not, i’m not impressed………

    September 9, 2010 at 2:29 pm

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