Earlier this spring we selected three up-and-coming athletes to support this year through our Feed the Dream sponsorship program. Ted Treise, a burgeoning age group triathlete from Minnesota, is here to share some of his tricks for tapering - something he self-deprecatingly says he's no good at, but his recent 6th place overall finish at Eagleman 70.3 suggests otherwise...
Take it away, Ted!
If I were to do a self-assessed pros & cons list of my tri skills, tapering would lead the cons column in bold, a font size or two bigger, and underlined. I hate the taper. It’s a perfect storm for the monkey mind to dart into 10,000 different directions fueled by the extra energy that comes with reduced training stress and the excitement/ pre-race jitters. Examples of typical monkey mind paths include but are not limited to:
It’s a long, awesome, adventure to race day, but here is an insight into my war chest when battling the beast that is tapering.
Maybe your shtick is not writing or borrowing your mom’s cleaning products, but for me getting out and doing something I love other than triathlon is what keeps life fun. For you that non-tri thing could be anything like painting, playing with model trains, or learning to play Free Bird on guitar. Whatever it is, I hope you enjoy it. Come race morning you’ll be refreshed and ready to kill it. Pat probably didn’t make you oatmeal on race morning, but your legs will be massaged, bike will be clean, and you’ll know that Frodo never made an appearance in The Hobbit. (OPS!)
Thanks for your support and cleaning products, mom!
Rob Krar's first 50k was supposed to be a "one and done" affair. If you're looking to push your distance limits too, he shares some tips for surviving + thriving in ultramarathons.
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