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4547 Views 2 Replies Latest reply: Aug 5, 2008 2:40 PM by sportspsychrob
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Mar 21, 2008 12:53 PM

Do you taper your swim?

I’ve tapered for running events but didn’t realize how similar principles apply to swimming as well. Terry Laughlin from Total Immersion breaks it all down in Sharpening Your Swimming: Theories on Tapering. I think I need to get more serious with my swim before I can have a successful taper. What about you? Have you found an individualized swim taper that works?

  • kaitikilljoyswimsxo Rookie 2 posts since
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    1. Jul 28, 2008 8:15 AM (in response to Active Toby)
    Re: Do you taper your swim?

    My coach has an event each swim season called "**** Week", except it lasts from beginning/mid-December until mid/end of January. That's when practices get crazy and there's one day where we do 100 100's. Anyway. Once **** Week is over, right before Regionals and Metro, we have a taper week, granted that we've proved to him we deserve it during **** Week. During Taper Week, we do about 1000 yard practices, total. Last year, it really paid off. I got a PB at Regionals and received seventh in the region. (:

  • sportspsychrob Pro 10 posts since
    Jun 19, 2008
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    2. Aug 5, 2008 2:40 PM (in response to Active Toby)
    Re: Do you taper your swim?

    Absolutely. Periodization is as important in swimming as in any sport.


    Personally, I try but it isn't overly planned. I'm a masters swimmer so don't train so much, plus make up my sessions with a number of coaches that don't talk to each other about what they are doing. But, as I approach key meets (to be honest, I don't do a lot of small meets) I will certainly reduce my training load and do more quality work. I'll also come off the weights.







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