The few weeks, or months, between the end of championships season and the start of the next competition season can be a strange time for many swimmers.
No matter what type of swimmer you are, whether you’re a pool or open water swimmer, or you swim competitively or recreationally, increasing your stamina can do wonders for your swimming.
The concept of “taper” is sacred in the world of swimming. Who doesn’t look forward to it? Even the word itself brings joy, carrying warm connotations of reduced training loads and signaling fast racing on the horizon.
Just as with most things, there are no shortcuts to swimming fast. It takes hard work and a good amount of dedication, both in and out of the water.
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As we settle into familiar routines – school and swim practices resuming, and beginning to set our goals for the season and school year ahead. But everyone knows goals are not enough on their own.
Overtraining happens when the body undergoes stress at a faster rate than it can recover. Studies have shown overtraining to increase risks of injury, where most athletes are already training with between a 20-30% risk.
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