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Tri Edge Endurance Radio
Over the last two weeks, many members of the Tri Edge squad have been on a taper leading into key events this year. For many this is the first tapering experience and it can be one of the toughest phases to go through due to the range of physical and emotional turmoil the body experiences through this phase.
Some things you may experience when coming off a serious buildup are:
The reason why we experience the above symptoms are due to the body making the necessary adaptations and what I like to call 'catching up' on the recovery from usually an extended buildup duration. Although these effects are perfectly normal the flow on effects are what cause more issues. These can range from:
The advice we give to all athletes through this time is to fill your life up with peripheral activities. Perhaps you have not had the chance to spend enough time with family over the last month or so of big training. This is a great chance to re-allocate some time and energy there. Or, you may have little things to tidy up around bike maintenance or season planning. These are all great activities to keep your mind off the negative and staying on the positive.
A low will always precede a high, however stay aware of the following things that are not normal in a taper:
Overall, 95% of the work has been done. There is little to no improvement you can make over these final weeks on a training adaptation point of view, however there are huge risks and losses that can occur if you go over the edge.
Stay calm, stay safe, stay happy and healthy. You are going to have a great race!
Professional Triathlon Training