Michigan Titanium is now 9 days away, and I am starting to feel a little more rested. The taper is always a challenging time in any training schedule, as you try and catch up on the rest of your life for a few weeks before big races. I have been training for this race almost exclusively since early this year, and I am really ready to be done with this training cycle. I feel very prepared for the run and the swim, and less so for the bike. The bike course was revised recently, and it is a pretty hilly course with lots of nice scenery. I haven't seen much of the run course, and my plan for this weekend is to take the boys for a long car ride and check out the revised bike course as well as the run course. All three legs of the race are double loop courses, which works well for me. I think it should help with pacing and ensuring that there will be lots of aid stations on the course and a better chance of running into spectators and other competitors (which for a small race like this, is very important). Last year, there were only 93 people that finished the full (only 18 of those were women). It could end up being a pretty quiet run segment.