March 13, 2018
So now the big meet is officially here! I can speak from experience on how to make your taper awesome during a meet because I am currently tapering for my last meet EVER! I’ve been swimming for over 16 years, and even during all of that time, my taper has not changed much. It is important to keep a few things in mind as you start your big meet, or else your taper may not be utilized correctly. Here are a few things I have learned over my many years of swimming that I still keep in mind when I am racing during taper season (and are very important):
- You may not feel great, but it doesn’t mean you won’t swim fast
I know a lot of swimmers who don’t feel great until they start racing, or sometimes they won’t feel good as they race. It is crucial to understand that not every race will feel the same meaning you won’t always feel perfect in the water. Sometimes races feel very hard and challenging, but some will feel easy. You have to push through all of that and just focus on racing the best you can.
- Rest, rest, rest
When you aren’t swimming it is important to make sure you are resting. If you normally take naps during a meet, make sure you still are doing so or that you are at least taking time to relax in between races. During taper you will probably have more energy, but you need to save that energy for racing!
- Recovery is more important than you think
Make sure that you are taking care of yourself after your races the best you can. Warming down is extremely important- you may feel fine immediately after but you could be sorer the next day and that could cause problems while racing. Make sure you are hydrating, eating, and warming down enough right after your races. I can speak from experience that this makes a HUGE difference especially as you get older.
Whether you are swimming in a state meet, sectional meet, or a divisional meet, I wish the best of luck to all of GA Swimming during championship season.
Teaching Tuesday Contributeion by Megan Kingsley