THE ART OF TA­PER­ING

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - T1 - BY ME­LANIE MC­QUAID

TA­PER­ING IS ES­SEN­TIAL to a peak per­for­mance on race day. Train­ing im­proves fit­ness but also cre­ates fa­tigue, and resid­ual fa­tigue can pre­vent you from per­form­ing at your best on race day. The term “ta­per­ing” refers to the process of re­duc­ing your train­ing load in the days lead­ing up to an event. Four fac­tors con­trib­ute to plan­ning a ta­per: vol­ume, fre­quency, in­ten­sity and how quickly an ath­lete can re­cover. Bal­anc­ing th­ese vari­ables varies among in­di­vid­ual ath­letes and dif­fer­ent sports. Here are some guide­lines on how to han­dle th­ese vari­ables to dial in the per­fect ta­per as you pre­pare for your next big race.

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