p.s. Did you mean Alistair Walker from HAWICK! It's a hingin offence suggesting a Hawick man comes frae Gala
OMG! Humble apologies! I know these things are sensitive in the Borders!
Great result and it's only taken you 50 years to work out that tapering works! (Although you don't sound 100% convinced yet)
Tapering - hmm, only been known about for hundreds of years - if not thousands (I'm sure hte original Olympic games had athletes that tapered). Its basic common sense - you run a hard session and your legs are sore, tired, weaker. So wait and they recover. For a big race make sure the taper is long enough but not too long and the recovery effect is huge.
Anyway, well done - maybe an old dog can learn new tricks :-)
I've been tapering for major races for many years (although it might not seem like it!), but Lard's suggestion was to try something slightly different - in the past I reduced the volume of training and took it very easy, which didn't work very well, but now I reduce the volume but keep the intensity high, which does seem to work. The only issue I have is that I only seem to have one good race in my legs after this type of taper which isn't much good for the JK where I'm looking to do well on the Saturday and Sunday. Will have to think about this one.
Well done Donald...fantastic result!! Tapering for O is a bit different to XC races in my view. For something like JK, knowing your legs are feeling good is a large part of the battle as it means you aren't worrying about not going fast enough and your nav gets better as a consequence.
Well, that's the theory...