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Taper week and cycling news

My first season of triathlon closes on Sunday when I compete in the Finger Lakes Triathlon in Canandaigua. Again, I'll be tackling the sprint distance which for this race is a 750-meter swim, a 13-mile bike (with two small hills on the route) and the typical 5K.

This week of training is a big taper week. I have two (yes, count 'em, two) days off from training. Today's workout includes 30 minutes of continuous swimming (no crazy sets or distances, just 30 minutes of moving in the water) along with an easy-paced 30 minute run. The gear-down should keep me fresh and focused. Again, the actual sprint distances have varied in each of the five races I've completed this summer, so it's difficult to judge where No. 6 lands. But it should be safe to say that if I swim in the open water, as opposed to panic my way through the open water, the race will be one of my best of the season.

Meanwhile, for those of you who think cycling is just a Tour de France thing, American Christian Vande Velde won the won the Tour of Missouri this past weekend, having to hold off some big-name competition in the general classification competition.

And for those who can't get enough Lance news, Armstrong put aside his road bike for a day an participated in a mountain bike fund raising event in Colorado.

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