I really appreciate everybody's feedback on the "To Taper or Not To Taper" question I posed in the last (lengthy) post.
After a nice chat w/Courtenay, looking at everybody's responses, and weighing heavily on what Ben said, my game plan is that I took yesterday to rest my oh-so-tired legs (just did a light weight lift session yesterday morning) and did an easy 45 minute spin (focused a lot on pedal stroke) on the trainer this morning followed by a short 15-min run that was a moderately fast pace.
Why did it end up being moderately fast instead of slow? It just felt good. I felt good. That's a nice feeling. I can't remember feeling that good for awhile now.
Ah, rest. So frowned upon by us A-types and yet...SO beneficial.
So tomorrow I will do the master's practice because their Fridays are relatively on the easier side with a couple sets that push it harder (perfect for taper). Saturday something similar; just want to keep my muscles primed but also let them recover from the last couple weeks of brutality.
HERE'S THE SURVEY QUESTION, dear readers:
Everybody's input was so helpful last time that I defer again to wise peer advice.
The Wine Country Time Trial is happening on Friday evening. It looks REALLY fun. There will be lots of Fridays to do it (happening every Friday through summer). The question I ponder is, should I start it THIS Friday if I'm racing on Sunday? Could it actually be beneficial since it's only 10 miles and it would be pretty short?
Just not sure what to do. Would love more input, please!!