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Jun 11, 2003 2:50 PM
Was doing my swim this morning when someone else who is doing Tupper Lake this year asked me what I planned on doing for my last hard weekend of training. The race is June 28. I told her I was going to do the distance on the bike(actually a little shy at about 50 miles) and run(13 miles). Did not get to hear her response because the clock said 60 and I pushed off to lead some sprints. I later heard that my plan for this weekend prompted much discussion, with general statements, like "He's crazy!" Anybody, advice on tapering? I don't plan on going all out and figured with two weeks left I would be okay. Last weekend I did 50 bike and 5 run, and resumed my regular routine Monday without unusual soreness, but perhaps a little fatigue. This will be my first triathlon and I thought it would be a good idea to do the distance at least once.

re: Taperinggbr3000
Jun 11, 2003 4:17 PM
While its a good idea to do the distance before the race, not this close to it. Granted its a confidence booster and lets you figure out what you'll want to bring with you on the bike or run, it may be a little to late. After a couple years of racing, this is what i worked for me: Depending on the distance of the race it taper could be a month to one week. For a start, eat really smart, good heathly foods only. But, keep physical activity limted, no MHR work outs. Just some stuff thats nice and relaxing, on the bike, go out for a half hour, just something to get spinning. Run, do 10 to 15 min at a slow pace, even go to a track to do it. Swimming, nothing hard, nice long warm-ups, and a long but easy main set. If its your first race, i'd also try to swim in some open water before hand, since thats always a shocker to new racers, its a little different then the pool. Of course, streching, lots and lots of it, keep yourself relaxed and loose, and most importantly injury free. The bottom line is, good nutrition, easy work outs, just enough so you dont loose training. Start the taper about a week and a half to two before your race and decrease your workouts gradually, giving your body a chance to store engery. Good luck, may the force be with you.
on taperingSteve_0
Jun 12, 2003 7:20 AM
I think you're OK as long as you get your brick in before this weekend. Generally 2-3 weeks is used for taper. This weekend would be two weeks.

I say this because you stated you're not going all out. I think some brick experience will bring more to the table than overtraining will take off.

BTW; pretty impressive distance for a first tri!