Lake Martin 100 Tapering Has Begun. What Are The Goals?

lake martin 100 - tapering - ultra trail run - endurance sportsLake Martin 100 tapering has officially started.  Actually it started yesterday around 11:30am when Jeff and I finished off the last step of a 26.2 mile run.  Once that final run was over we entered into taper mode and that included refueling properly and getting plenty of rest.  Taper typically has a negative connotation to it, and I would have been in that band wagon two years ago but today I look forward to tapering.  Being able to rebuild the body and just as importantly the mind has become a big focus for me.  I take rest and recovery seriously and do all I can to make sure that my body is fit and ready to go for the next day's training session.  The Lake Martin 100 tapering process will be much the same as the Rocky Raccoon 50 taper but for a small few changes. This tapering cycle would technically be three weeks long when you consider race week but the body has responded so well that I am going to adjust my training for this week to help slow me down and not put the amount of miles on my legs in one day that I had previously planned.  As of this morning week 1 Lake Martin 100 tapering involves a total of 46 miles.  Coming off of a 90 mile week that is a big drop and I am going to try to be as close to that number as possible except that I am going to run more and few daily miles.  My mileage for this week is 0, 5,10,5,0,16,10.  I am going to adjust that to 0, 5, 7, 5, 4, 16, 10.  Shorter runs but the same amount of mileage.  I am also going back to the trails on Saturday and Sunday to purposely slow me down. Lastly, the Lake Martin 100 taper is going to include a focus on getting lean, strengthening my core and stretching out my leg muscles as much as I possibly can.  Right now I am at 147 pound and a 6.9% body fat.  Clearly I do not need to lose anymore body fat but dropping 2 pounds and getting down to 145 where I was when Rocky started is my goal over the next three weeks.  This means that my food consumption cannot go off the rails.  Keeping an eye on the prize is what is going to keep me focused. Now that the last three weeks are over and the mileage is dropping from an average of 88 miles/week to 46 to 26 my ability to work on my core and not be flat-out exhausted at the end of the day will pick back up.  My process includes 8-10 minutes of core with 8-10 minutes of stretching.  Adding a weekly visit to the chiropractor to keep the body nimble should have me in a good place when the start of Lake Martin 100 begins. Keeping to the idea of getting lean and being focused on my food consumption this morning I made black bean waffles with two fried eggs.  The combination of complex carbs, lean protein, fiber and healthy fats will keep me full and help me to avoid the snacking that has happened over the past three weeks.  My food scale and tracking will be going back into effect since my calorie burn will be more minimized and there will be no need for two breakfasts or a third dinner (slight exaggeration!) Here is the recipe for the black bean waffles that helped kick off the Monday of Week 1 for Lake Martin 100 Tapering: [recipe]

Lake Martin 100 Tapering Is In Effect. How Do You Taper?

Jason Bahamundi

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I grew up in New York and lived there for 34 years until I got divorced and moved 1600 miles to my new home in Texas.  I love New York and miss it but that does not mean that Texas hasn’t been great to me because it has.  It was here that I discovered endurance sports and specifically the sport of triathlon.  Triathlon has given me new life through all the challenges it presents.  I no longer look at life the same way and I can say that is in part due to my endeavor into this sport.