Our interview today is with Matt Chrabot, pro triathlete who we've been seeing on the podium all season and we're excited to catch up with him before he heads out to Chattanooga for the 70.3 World Championship.
Welcome to Episode #88 of the Mile High Endurance podcast. Mile High Endurance is your weekly connection to coaches, experts and pro athletes to help you reach your endurance and triathlon goals. We're your hosts Rich Soares, Khem Suthiwan and Bill Plock. We are glad you are joining us from where ever you enjoy your endurance sport.
Coaching discussion topic - tapering and cramps
From <https://www.runnersworld.com/race-training/taper-traps> "But there is something about those last couple of weeks before the marathon, when you are cutting back your mileage, getting more rest, and preparing for the big race, when everything, and I do mean everything, seems to bother you more." Call them taper tantrums--the phantom pains, panic attacks, and much more--that plague most marathoners during the three-week period of decreased training just before the race. "Runners develop not only a physical but also a psychological dependency on running," says Troy Smurawa, M.D., a 2:46 marathoner and physician at Akron Children's Hospital Sports Medicine Center. "So when runners take time off, they go through withdrawal." Hence, the weird constellation of mental and physical symptoms that crop up during the taper.
From <http://www.active.com/triathlon/articles/overcoming-the-taper-blues> Roughly half the athletes I work with begin to notice little aches and pains they never noticed before the taper period. The pains show up for no apparent reason. In fact, these pains were nonexistent during the high-volume training phase, making it tempting to resume longer training hours. If aches and pains emerge, resist the urge to increase training volume.
From <http://sweatscience.com/muscle-cramps-risk-factors-tapering-stretching-and-pacing/> Tapering: In the three days prior to the race, the crampers trained 1.1 hours on average, while the non-crampers trained 0.6 hours on average. This despite the fact that the non-crampers actually did marginally more training overall in the final week (31.8 km versus 26.5 km).
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