Tapering can help you optimise performance if you have a big race on the horizon. Hatty Bates explains what you need to know
Tapering is as much of an art as it is a science; it is important to find out what works best for you. In general, it is the practice of reducing training volume and intensity following a heavy training block or prior to an important race or competition.
The aim of a taper is to optimise performance by reducing both physical and mental stress. What you eat throughout this time can impact the success of your taper, especially from a recovery, immunity, and body composition perspective. This article will explore some key areas to think about to help you feel ready-and-raring to go by the end of a taper.
Fuel for the work required
A successful taper is likely to be lower in both training intensity and volume compared to a normal training week. As an example, sessions on the water may be easier or you may have more rest days compared to what you are used to.(more…)