In a prior blog, I talked about tapering for conference and I figured I would follow up with some insight. I saw a lot of good things happen and of course there were a few rough times. Yet, in my prior years of coaching, I have never had a meet where so many athletes competed up to their capabilities. Whether it was the taper, the environment, my athletes or something else, they competed well. As a former decathlete, I was ecstatic about my two pentathletes scoring in the meet. I don’t believe it was a fluke that they placed 2nd and 3rd in the high jump because when everyone else was yawning and twidling their thumbs first thing in the morning, we were doing medicine ball throws to prime the CNS.
In regards to the taper, the intensity never dropped for anyone, the volumes saw a slight decrease and my easy days were really, really easy. They all said they felt fresh leading up to the meet and that was all my ears needed to hear. Although, it wasn’t until I saw them perform that I truly felt at ease. For the training, I went with my gut and I thank anyone who gave me some food for thought with a post or pm.