Taper?

Doing 12 mile swim 3 weeks from this weekend, tide assisted in salt water ( 6 hour cutoff). Longest training swim has been 4.75 hours in local “lake” with some current ( with and against me) and chop. Unable to access open water this weekend due to holiday/ boat traffic. Should I do long swim ( 5+ hours) in pool this weekend, wait til next weekend and do 5+ hours in open water or start now with taper? Had no issues/ pain with the 4.75 hours I did last week.

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  • swimmer25kswimmer25k Charter Member

    I would start coming down now and such a long swim really shouldn’t be necessary. The purpose of a taper is to rest and doing such long swims at this point are counterproductive. You want to ramp down before a long race, not ramp up.

    KatieBunSwimmersuzevmoismuqattash
  • LaurieLaurie New Member

    Thanks so much for the info, let’s me relax a little! Good luck in future ventures. I am also a back surgery survivor!😁

  • swimmer25kswimmer25k Charter Member

    When I swam the English Channel I was blown away by people who were adding yardage up to the day of their swim.

    One fellow swam 8 hours one day and then added 30 mins/day up to 12 hours (which was his anticipated Channel time). Guess what? That guy didn’t make it. I wonder why.

    If you’re training up to the minute if your swim; you’re doing it wrong. Front-load your yardage after a reasonable time of ramping up. After a mandatory two week break after a training year I would start off at about 3000 yards/day and add 500/day until I hit 10000. I was fortunate to be a faster swimmer and could carve up that distance in 2:30.

    About 2 weeks out of a race I would drop 1000/day until I hit 5000 and then 500/day until I hit 3000 (my minimum yardage).

    I was in England a week before my Channel swim. I started off at 2:30 in the AM and with an easy 30 minutes in the PM. I dropped 30 minutes each day and swam 30 in the AM and a cool 15 minutes to get the jitters out.

    I was highly criticized by some of the locals, which is why I trained in the very early AM before anyone else showed up.

    I did the work before I showed up and I believe that you should as well. I’m addition, I rarely ever did open water training swims in excess of 3 hours. I felt it wasn’t very useful to me.

    11 back surgeries so far, so I’m done. It’s a drag that I’ll never swim again. I stay involved by volunteering with a USS team and spouting some occasional nonsense here.

    Kick some ass and report back.

    Chris

    evmoKatieBuncurlySwimmersuzismuqattash
  • LaurieLaurie New Member

    Unlike you I’m super slow but I’m very efficient. I have slowly built up yardage/ time and avoided any injuries by focusing on good form. I think with good form and a good fueling plan I can definitely do the distance. If I don’t make the cutoff that’s just one more goal to work towards. I look at this as an adventure, not a race. I was told never to run again after many years of Ironman and ultra running so I get where you’re coming from. Will report back after my adventure! Thanks for all the help.

    ismuqattash
  • curlycurly Issaquah, WASenior Member

    @swimmer25k said:

    I did the work before I showed up and I believe that you should as well. ...

    That right there is pretty much the key to every athletic endeavor. Great post!

    KatieBunswimmer25kryansismuqattash
  • swimmer25kswimmer25k Charter Member

    @curly said:

    @swimmer25k said:

    I did the work before I showed up and I believe that you should as well. ...

    That right there is pretty much the key to every athletic endeavor. Great post!

    Often overlooked by many.

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