Ultimate Taper Time!
Time for taper! Ahh, this is a great time of year! I think it’s truly the best part about swimming no matter what age or level. Taper is a time for rest and save up all the energy you can find for the big show whatever and where ever it may be. It’s a time when you take the elevator instead of the stairs. You get out of the pool by using a ladder instead of having to jump out “athletically”. It’s a time to sleep more by going to bed earlier and taking that extra hour in the am by cutting out a little training… on coaches orders that is! As a sprinter (which I am) we will get to come to practice an hour+ later, warm up and just go home in less than 45 minutes! This is something we all look forward to as swimmers and is why I train so hard throughout the year.
But some things need to be understood about taper to not abuse it and then not swim well at the big show. With less time in the water comes less time for technique refinement and less chances to get things right in sets. So to keep sharp, high quality efforts are needed mentally to get the correct output physically during taper so you don’t have to do it over and over again exhausting yourself to get it right. The goal is to get it right the first time and get out!! We will do timed 25’s from the blocks, or broken 100’s with lots of rest hitting faster than goal time and our mindset needs to be like your simulating your finals race at night at your big event. Visualization of races, meet warm-ups, and post race reactions are also done to help with getting things right the first time. the more you visualize yourself doing it, the easier it will be to do it in real life.
Good Luck everyone at all there tapered meets and remember to have fun, but also get after those goals!