Monday, November 3, 2008

Road to Powerman 2008: Tapering Phase

After 2 days I took a rest since Saturday, my body feel more fresher..an athlete need a recovery and adequate rest from a training routine..hence, now is the last week before the race day this Sunday..

Tapering phase is one of the phase that not every athlete take into their consideration..
Tapering, in the context of sports, refers to the practice of reducing, or tapering off, exercise in the days just before an important competition..tapering is customary in many endurance sports, such as the marathon, athletics and swimming..for many athletes, a significant period of tapering is essential for optimal performance..taper frequently can be in 3 weeks or even one week prior to the race day..longer endurance events are generally preceded by longer tapering periods, with the curious exception of particularly long endurance competitions, such as ultramarathons and multiday races..tapering indicates that optimal levels of muscle glycogen, enzymes, antioxidants, and hormones, which are significantly depleted by intense endurance training, are achieved during a taper..

Personally, I did it since I was in school..but that time I didn't know what I done..I just let myself to have a rest a day or more before any event I entered..but contradically with my friends, they were so busy to training at last minute time..this situation also happened till now, when I always saw most of campus fellas had their training when tomorrow was their event! but I always make sure this is not happen to my athletes..

Tapering period also can boost your 'semangat yang membara itu' for saving it till race day..also it can save you from have even worst situation such as get a flu, overtraining syndrome, or maybe an accident! So now, during tapering phase, I just focus on the quality of each training session..

As a bottom like, as a young man in sports science field, I take a consideration to give informal knowledge for those are involved in any endurance event..and now I hope they know, that tapering period is one of the important parts of training progression that people even didn't notice it..

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