Sunday, March 04, 2007

The Reverse Taper

the reverse taper as the name suggests is when you increase mileage before a big race.
in past years ive found numerous injuries (and sometimes work) have played havoc with week to week training and as ive gotten close to key races ive used this method a lot.
a good long run (40km plus) a week or 2 before a race has provided a good check of fitness as well as much needed confidence with enough time to recover pre race.
and i certainly find i do better with the reverse taper than the normal taper.
(so long as i take things easy the week of the race of course!!)
of course the problem is that u can risk injury before, during or after the race due to unusual/increased mileage.
it seems like my big weekend down the coast on top of a lot of bike time the week before has upset my itb bursa.
the rest if the itb feels ok - well it did until the massage dude attacked it anyway and i guess i havent been as aggressive on the roller as i usually would be.
anyhow even though not disatrous things arent very happy down that end.
and basically i think my 6FT race plans are buggered.
if i race i risk hurting things more and missing several months.
i could to a 'test run' mid week to see how things are going but running a flat 14km wont tell me much that i want to know.
will head down to katoomba anyway as the flights are booked and the other half is keen for another weekend away.
if i can survive the sh*t i get from mellum it may well be wiser to sit on the sidelines and watch this one.
....the team mellum fatass fastpack beckons in end-march and then the 100km wilsons prom a month after.
wouldnt want to miss those :)
look forward to seeing the usual crew this weekend.
hope everyones training is going ok!

EDIT: thanks heaps for the support guys and gals.
however wont be running at 6FT.
i think the itb needs 2 weeks off before starting up again.
and in the meantime i have got whatever virus ruth was stuck in bed with last week!
looking forward to spectating!


Blogger Spud said...

Don't be a girly man!
Spoon and some ibuprofen and you'll be good to go. Seriously man, I hope you make it.

7:34 PM  
Blogger Jen_runs said...

Love the sympathy you are getting from Spud. Take care of that ITB. The day they invent an ITB transplant will be a good one.

See you on Saturday.

8:04 PM  
Blogger tim. said...

it is ok.

Dns, dnf or a crap time either way you still will have to buy me that beer.

9:33 PM  
Blogger Horrie said...

Sorry to hear about the ITB Bro. Some guy told me a while back to take care of it and it will take care of you. See you next week whether you race or not.

11:02 PM  
Blogger Tesso said...

Oh no :-(

Make sure you keep us up to date with how things are going during the week and if you come to any firm decisions.

Fingers crossed you make the start ... and the finish ... feeling good.

9:02 AM  
Blogger 2P said...

I hear you UCB - have a look at my blog from last year!!! Mind you - my problem was at the midpoint of the ITB and not at the bursar.

Never say never - besides there are so many aid stations out there you can always start and then pull the pin and get a lift with a nice fireman (or woman) out.

Me - I'd always prefer a DNF to a DNS - that way I know for sure.

3:13 PM  
Blogger Virtual said...

Wouldn't that be terrible if Horrie and I came across a mellum in distress. Get well and stay in front of the grim reapers. If we catch you... let's just say that there will be no f**king sympathy. HAR HAR HAR (that's supposed to be a grim reaper laughing, not a pirate).

8:21 PM  
Blogger Vegie-Girl said...

i swear i am not laughing at your misfortune . . . just at the thought of virtual dressed as a pirate.
i can only endorse what 2p said . . . for god's sake, keep those fingers crossed. oh, and keep the spoon handy too. ;)

5:12 PM  
Blogger Spud said...

Bugger, sorry to hear Dave, see you tomorrow anyhow.

9:59 AM  
Blogger tim. said...


how am I going to beat you if you are not running?

10:09 AM  
Blogger Vegie-Girl said...

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10:32 AM  
Blogger Vegie-Girl said...

Bugger!!! Get better soon Dave. Too disappointing :(
I'm guessing though it won't get you out of buying a few beers?
Hey, now you can be the official mellum photographer.

10:34 AM  
Blogger Tesso said...

Rats :-(

Is it too soon to ask what's next on the list?

2:06 PM  
Blogger 2P said...

Bugger - oh well look forward to seeing you there in any event -well if you can hang around that long at the end that is.

2:40 PM  
Blogger Jen_runs said...

I'm sorry that you weren't able to run but it was lovely to see you again.

3:56 PM  

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