Forced into an early taper
by, July 17th, 2009 at 08:32 PM (647 Views)
I've had problems with tachycardia this week. I finally had to draw the line today when I was swimming 12 x 50 on 1:15 in a 50 meter pool and with effort was coming in on fly and free 10 seconds slower than my best 50 meter time. Even on a hard effort off the block on 50 fly, I was still off by 5 seconds.
I have problems with tachycardia every so often, but when it stays kicked up for several days, I become exhausted and then have no choice but to do virtually nothing for three of four days. I have to do a lot of lying around and no activity that raises my heart over 100 BPM. So, I've basically had to start a taper much earlier than I wanted to.
I am hopeful that I can get it under control. If not, I'll be put back on beta blockers and Nationals will be out.
There is no rhyme or reason for why this thing gets kicked up, but lack of rest, heat, and the slightest bit of dehydration can definitely play a part. My husband reminded me that he thought I had not getting enough sleep lately, so I imagine this was a factor.
For right now, I plan to rest until Tuesday and will see what happens. In any case, no more weights before Nationals.
This week, rested on Wednesday. Swam 1800 yards on Thursday. Today, ran easy two miles and swam 2500 meters.