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February 2nd, 2013, 09:33 PM
2 SCY Nationals Questions - #1 Any ladies out there refrain from shaving during training? Wasn't sure if Masters went to this "extreme"? #2 - When do you start tapering? Any recommended % reduction in yardage per week leading up to Nationals? Thanks!

February 2nd, 2013, 10:08 PM
When do you start tapering?

I've never been to Nationals (or tapered, for that matter). I suspect how you taper depends a lot on the distances you swim. I suggest you visit the Workouts forum (http://forums.usms.org/forumdisplay.php?95-Workouts) and see how the coaches there do tapers. I know Leslie's HIT workouts feature tapers when approaching big meets.

February 3rd, 2013, 11:04 AM
I have done the no shaving thing before the 2 nationals I have gone to. Plus a drag suit. Many other female teammates did the same. :) As for tapering - definitely check out the blogs. I think my coach started tapering us about 2 weeks away... but it's been awhile so I can't say for sure.