Severe Case of Taper Crazies

Hiya, friends—happy Thursday!  How’s your week going so far?  Mine’s been filled with working and working out—and suffering from a severe case of taper crazies.  As you know, the 13th Annual Aquahphor New York City Triathlon takes place this Sunday.


T-minus three days (for those of us counting)!

Obviously, I’m pumped and excited to race, but this tapering stuff has been tough.  Physically, I hate shutting down workouts feeling strong, and mentally, I’ve been all over the place.  One second, I’m confident, and then next, I start questioning everything:  is my training adequate?  Did I bike enough?  Should I have strength trained more?  And plus, I don’t feel like myself.  I’ve been quiet and reserved at work, yet anxious and on-edge. (Thanks for the pep talk yesterday, Patrick!) Here’s a rundown of what I’ve been doing and thinking this week.

My appetite has disappeared.  Friends, this is huge.  Yes, my workouts this week haven’t been as long or intense (hence the phrase tapering), but my hunger seems to be non-existent.  This is weird and isn’t like me at all.

‘Drink more water.  Drink more water.  Drink more water.’

‘How fast should I run during the half-mile trek from the swim exit to transition?’

Because workouts have been shorter, I’ve had free time every morning this week.  Which is also weird.

‘Should I hammer on the bike?  Maybe after the turnaround point …’

‘How will I handle the inevitable heat and humidity?  Can I run strong and not blow up?’

Sleeping.  Lots of sleeping.  My “grandma hours” have become even more exaggerated, and I feel tired all the time.  Case in point:  I crashed hard after work yesterday, started to fall asleep while watching the news, and tucked myself into bed at 8:20 p.m.  I didn’t wake up until this morning’s 6 a.m. alarm.

‘What will it be like running Central Park clockwise?  Is it harder or easier than counterclockwise?’

‘Will everyone have fun at the post-race party?’


So remember how I fell asleep at 8:20 p.m. last night and woke up at 6 a.m. this morning?  The only reason I didn’t hit snooze was because I made plans to run with a teammate.  We took to the track and completed a one-mile warm up before we alternated between steady and solid efforts:  three laps steady, one lap solid.  Repeat for three miles.


I wasn’t hungry after the workout, but polished off a bowl of overnight two-hour oats anyway.


And now it’s after 2 p.m., and I should start to think about lunch.  Again, not so hungry.

How do you feel during the days leading up to a race?  Have you experienced taper crazies?

16 responses to “Severe Case of Taper Crazies

  1. taper crazies are real life … TRUST THE PROCESS all i can

    • carriestevens

      That’s what I keep telling myself, friend! Easier said than done. Sunday cannot come soon enough! 🙂

  2. You are going to be AMAZING! You’ve trained so well and are extremely well-prepped. The scary parts, like the heat, will be things everyone is going through. SO excited to see you do great things on Sunday!!!

    • carriestevens

      Ekkk, you’re so right. My coach said to remember when the pain sets in that everyone else is suffering too. Sunday needs to hurry up and get here!

  3. You’ll kill it girl! Enjoy this taper yo!

  4. I hear ya! I officially start my taper for IMLP on Monday. The reality of the race is starting to set in. I know the week before my race is going to be one anxiety attack after another. Just need to trust your training. You’re going to be a total rockstar! 🙂

  5. I was actually just thinking about you the other day and wondering how it was all going. I’m glad you are tapering and I know you are going to kill it. My appetite decreases too during less exercise too. Good luck!

    • Part of the reason I’m struggling with this tapering stuff is because it’s only the second time I’ve truly tapered. For SoBe, we backed off big time, but we “trained through” Montauk and Stamford. Is it Sunday yet?! Lol.

  6. No taper crazies for me this time around, though I wasn’t feeling very good last night and this morning but it has mostly gone away now. Just one more ride for us and then we are all done with training!

    Good luck this weekend, you are going to do great!

    • carriestevens

      My coworkers and friends made the trip to Geneva last night. I’m so excited to see how everyone does! Also, I’m jealous you don’t get taper crazies; I’ve been a total head case this week. 😉

  7. I haven’t had a proper taper this year, I guess that is what marathon training will do (I usually have a rest week after a big race). However, I am sure I will be going crazy during the taper for my first marathon. Good luck on Sunday, I’ll be tri’ing too (my first one!).

    • carriestevens

      I bet taper crazies are unavoidable the week before a marathon. Have so much fun on Sunday! You’ll be totally hooked! 🙂

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