What is Taper?
As a swimmer, it is one of the greatest words in our vocabulary. It means rest, sleep, easy practices, and a final countdown to the meet you’ve been targeting all year. But in reality, taper can be extremely stressful. The pressure to perform and “feel good” is at an all-time high. Everyone tapers differently and with some teammates feeling good one day and others feeling good another, it can be difficult to keep your emotions straight. Even the best swimmers can get too caught up in how they’re feeling or whether they’re doing too little or too much. Something that has really helped me since being in college is keeping a taper log.
Two Purposes For Keeping a Log
First, it helps you look at your taper day by day. It is very easy to look long term and only think about the meet, but it is crucial to take it slow and focus on each day individually. The second reason for keeping the log is the ability to look back at it during future tapers. While not all seasons are the same, it can be valuable to remember how you feel at different points during your rest. A lot of the time it will prevent you from stressing out on the days you feel like a brick in the water. The log will be different for everyone, but the one thing to keep in mind is to make it meaningful to you.