“Rest and be thankful.”
I hear it all the time:
"I just can't taper, it makes me crazy."
"I don't know what to do with myself if I can't run (ride, swim, workout)"
"Tapering is for sissies. Who needs to taper?"
I love the taper. Damn- it reminds me that I actually have a life!
I sleep past 4 a.m. for shorter runs and replace that 2nd daily workout with a nap.
I cook rich foods and eat until I am full and satisfied.
I call and catch up with friends, or set out to the porch to finish those half-read books.
I watch bad "Teen Disney" movies and snuggle with my kids.
I give the extra 30 minutes my massage therapist has been begging me for,
and allow my body to receive much needed repair time.
I write, and plan, and paint mental pictures for each mile.
And when all of that extra energy builds to a paramount climax -
the horse gets let out of the barn for an epic race day.