It’s the start of race season, and we’ve already seen some amazing performances by some of our TFE athletes, and we’ve got at least 6 more months of racing to go! So, as many of you are heading into upcoming races, I thought it a great time to brush up on some pre-race tips- in particular how to taper correctly.
Tapering involves strategically reducing an athlete’s training load for several days (or weeks), allowing for adequate recovery from a high-volume training block while still maintaining optimum fitness. A proper taper helps the athlete arrive at the start line healthy, well-rested, and ready to perform at a high level. Timing a taper can be tricky and there is no perfect approach that fits for everyone- however there are some guidelines that if followed, can help ensure you line up on race day well-rested and ready to have an epic day.
Check out my 5 tips to master the taper:
So, as hard as it may seem, trust the taper. The body will appreciate the healing recovery time and mental break from high volume and intensity work. If done correctly, the taper can be the difference between lining up at the start line in optimum condition or showing up over trained and fighting off sickness or injury. Enjoy your next taper and good luck this race season!