Hey all –
I have my last race of the year this Saturday. It is technically a ‘B’ race for me, but (let’s be honest) I’m treating it like a B+/A- race. I only do 3 races a year, so they all feel kind of important to me.
Next year I am going to do some C races for fun – but for now I only do three. Because of that, I feel like I’ve never really nailed my taper…sometimes I don’t do enough and am at the start line with flat legs. Other times the minute the races starts, I know I have too much fatigue in my legs. Frustrating.
Here is where I am at now:
Due to a business trip that started Monday and ends today (Wednesday), I wanted to do some intensity and volume one week out without burying myself – so last weekend I did a ramp test on Saturday and then did a pretty stiff outside ride on Sunday (2 hours / 168 TSS / IF 0.93).
I am currently planning on stealing some taper/race week workouts from a specialty plan and was going to finish the week with:
Wednesday (today): Huxley -5
Friday morning: Truuli -2
Saturday = race day
I’m always torn on whether to do a ‘opener’ the day before the race, or stack workouts Wed/Thur and then rest Friday.
I’d be interested to hear what other masters level athletes have found success with in terms of taper.
For reference, the race I’m doing is a gravel road race of about ~2 hours which is mostly flat, but will have 4-5 punchy climbs which will likely be selective.