Training Tapers for achieving race results
Athletes spend countless hours training to perform on race day. One of the keys to racing to your potential is having a taper program to match your months of Training sessions. Tapering is a highly individualized art and science. It often takes trial and error to get to the line both fit and fresh. Too much rest and you may reach the starting line feeling sluggish and unfit. Too little rest and your body has inadequately recovered. Thankfully, fatigue is reduced more quickly than fitness, and when tapered correctly, the body will be ready to perform.
By taking the more traditional taper approach with an exponential reduction in volume and increases in the intensities of intervals and recovery between intervals.Volume reduction enables healing of the muscles and tendons so that they can become stronger. Strength and adaptation to our training occurs during times of rest and recovery. Volume reduction is also important in order to lessen the overall stress of life demands. An increase in intensity improves neuromuscular coordination, improves total blood volume, enhances muscle glycogen concentrations, and aids in race day sharpness.
Preparation for success on the race day doesn’t just start the night before or the day before or the week before, it is best to follow a Training Plan that starts from your Goal race and works back to the first day you start training at least a few months prior.
More often then not paddlers are training to go slow and haven’t developed the gears to change the speeds up and down without suffering fatigue on race day when trying to compete above their training threshold pace and find themselves having to slow down to recover, well below that training zone paddling speed, just to continue in the race.