Categories: General, Glossary
Taper refers to the gradual reduction in training in the lead up to a race with the aim of leaving the athlete in a state of peak fitness for their event. The main belief being that training builds up a degree of underlying lethargy that the taper allows recovery from.
The length and degree of the taper (how severe the reduction in training) is much discussed with equivocal evidence. The obvious worry by many being that the training reduction will result in a loss of fitness, and so a balance is always sought.
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