Mastering the Taper

Mastering the Taper

First off, let me say that tapering is something that is highly individualistic.  If you’ve got a method that has worked for you, stick with it.  Many of the world’s best athletes have unconventional tapering methods that have been used with great success.  Roger Bannister famously rested completely for 4 days before breaking the 4-minute mile.  On the other end of the spectrum, Eliud Kipchoge is known to hit 180km+ per week right before a major marathon.  This doesn’t mean that either of these methods are the best way of doing things, but rather than they are the best way for that particular athlete. This article provides a more general guideline for most athletes but there is no guarantee that a particular way of tapering will be the best method for you.  The best that you can do is to try a certain method, and make adjustments along the way as you learn more about how your body responds.  The...
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