Holy shit! Is that what tapering is? I really thought it was when you reduce training to a maintenance level before a big event (say the Olympics). I didn't realize it was drinking beer in a hammock. Thanks Ben.
Certainly, there are many strategies to improve performance and everyone responds differently, but tapering as one. What you didn't or don't know could fill volumes. Try reading one of Eric Horst's or Arno Ilgner's books on training, and we'll taper on, with the system and beverage of our choice. The Olympics......oh, please, enlighten us, Murf, about your experience training for big events/the Olympics.
Actually Ben is correct, I was tapering when this photo was taken, but not for climbing. I was in training for a qualifying competition for the beer Olympics! In the early phases of training I had been getting in A LOT of volume (of beer).
My last few weeks of hard training I transitioned from high volume to high intensity power phase. I cut back on the volume, but tried to drink all my beers as fast as possible through a beer bong.
After that I entered the "taper" period that you guys are discussing, and is shown here. For a couple weeks before the event I cut the volume back significantly and tried to drink all beers at a nice relaxed pace (hence the hammock). The last two days I did nothing but rest and avoid beer. By time the event took place I was lean, mean, and thirsty!!!