Just a few words this week about tapering for races, as we enter the last few weeks of the season, and also a quick technique refresher on body position and streamlining.

One of the best things about triathlon, in my view, is the multi-disciplinary nature of the event and the variety it provides.  One of the downsides to this, however, is that you have more disciplines to train for so time in the water is often limited.  So if you are tapering for a big race the temptation is to miss out a swimming session.  I would recommend not missing swimming sessions during a taper, if you can help it, as it is very easy to lose your feel for the water.  Instead, I think it is better to do a shorter session, focusing on excellent technique and your feel of the water, and get out early before doing too much hard work.  I won’t be offended at all if you do this on Saturday mornings if you feel this is the right preparation for your race!

This week we will be doing some short sprints in one of the subsets before the main set of progressively-paced 200s, 150s and 100s.  Please use this subset to work on swimming faster than race pace and especially maintaining good body position.  Good body position starts from the time you push off the wall at each end and you can read my previous post on this subject as a bit of a reminder here.

See you Saturday!