View Full Version : Taper Tips for Saturday/Big Shoulders?

September 4th, 2012, 12:06 PM

Big Shoulders is only 4 days away! :banana:

All swimmers who lurk/post here--see ya Saturday morning, bright 'n' early, Ohio St. Beach, Chicago! :applaud: And GOOD LUCK!! :cheerleader:

All you experienced OW swimmers/racers: Do you have any tips for tapering/working out this week?

I've been putting in 3,000-3200 yard workouts, with a few 2100 yarders thrown in, with a little running and bike riding on days when the pool was closed.

I had a 2600 yard workout this morning. Any tips for how to plan the rest of the week?

I was thinking of putting in two more swim workouts, tomorrow/Wed., 2000 yards and Friday, 1600 yards. I thought of having a short (5K-ish) run Thursday morning, and a short bike ride Wed. evening.

I'll be traveling to Chicago Friday afternoon, checking into the hotel and chillling Friday night (with maybe a burger 'n' fries at Ed Dibevic's [sp?]).

Too much? Not enough? Just right?


September 4th, 2012, 02:35 PM
Are you wearing a wetsuit or jammers?

September 4th, 2012, 03:00 PM

September 4th, 2012, 03:17 PM
Unless you've got a tri planned soon after BS and don't want to lose your bike/run fitness, I'd drop the planned bike and run this week. I'm racing a 1 mile and a 3 mile swim on Sunday out west (www.ljrws.com) and have been averaging about 3,750 SCY per workout over the last 5 or so weeks. Here's what I'll do this week:

Tuesday - day off
Wednesday -- ~4K or so (same effort as always)
Thursday -- ~4K (same effort as always)
Friday -- ~3K (more rest & recovery
Saturday -- Play around and swim maybe 2/3 of a mile in the ocean
Sunday -- race day


September 4th, 2012, 03:34 PM
Unless you've got a tri planned soon after BS and don't want to lose your bike/run fitness, I'd drop the planned bike and run this week.

I agree. Rest the legs! Otherwise your (Andy's, that is) plan looks great. Get lots of rest and be well hydrated. See you on the beach!

September 4th, 2012, 10:03 PM
I agree with dropping the non-swim stuff, more potential for injury. Have a great swim!

September 5th, 2012, 09:32 AM
Thanks, folks! I'll take your advice and just swim/taper.

I had planned a 2800 yard workout for this morning before work, but a t-storm pre-empted that. No worries--tonight after work.

Thanks again, and again, good luck all Big Shoulders swimmers! See ya on the beach!

Chicken of the Sea
September 6th, 2012, 11:50 AM
My training starts today. See everyone there! I'll be dressed as a sardine

September 14th, 2012, 12:37 PM
So how did the swim go, Andy? It was an interesting year with the conditions. I swam well, but the second lap was a real obstacle course with lots of 2.5K swimmers swimming breaststroke or just treading water trying to sight. That aspect was definitely more difficult than 'normal' years.

September 14th, 2012, 04:05 PM
Kirk: Thanks for asking. I posted a thread on this board asking how Big Shoulders went; I wasn't able to make it.

Briefly: My dad had been very ill for a few months with heart disease and lung problems. He took a turn for the worse Thursday night/Friday morning (2am), so I took off in the morning from Galesburg, IL to Green Bay, WI to be there for him and my stepmom. I had the day off work anyway to go to Chicago. While I was on the way, my stepmom called and told me he had died. Even if he hadn't died, I wouldn't have been able to make it to Ohio St. beach Saturday morning. On Saturday, my stepmom, step siblings and I met with the funeral director. Sunday, my wife and son joined me. The visitation and funeral were Tuesday evening, and the interment was Wednesday morning.

I'll be there next year!

September 14th, 2012, 04:08 PM
Really sorry to hear about this. Condolences on your loss.

September 19th, 2012, 05:56 PM
We all hope to see you in the water next year.