What can we learn?
The key takeaways from this competition
At TritonWear, we analyze notable races throughout the year, calculating the metrics of remarkable athlete's using our platform, so we can share the most valuable findings with you. But data analysis isn't just for elite athletes competing at higher levels. You, too, can have access to this type of data for your training. Learn more below!
As we analyze each race, we will update the takeaways below to reflect the new learning we gain. Until then, here are a selection of takeaways from previous competitions.
Race strategy is critical
While there is no single strategy that works for every athlete, knowing and implementing your strategy is a must!
The two most common strategies we see are:
- Fast stroke rate paired with shorter Distance Per Stroke (DPS)
- Longer DPS paired with a slower stroke rate
Apply it: The key is determining the strengths of each athlete:
- Can they sustain a higher stroke rate across the full distance, without losing speed?
- Are they better off pushing a littler harder in each stroke to get more distance at a slightly slower rate?
Finding the ideal race strategy takes time. It is best to test various strategies in training, checking the metrics to identify where the balance between stroke rate and speed is optimized.
Pacing and consistency change outcomes
We often see several athletes go out unexpectedly fast, only to quickly lose their lead, coming up short of the win in the end.
Even at distances of 100 m, ensuring athlete's don't lose too much pace, and have power to push into the end, is critical.
Apply it: The key to pacing is understanding where the breaking point is. Even in training, metrics of every set should look like this:
- Most powerful (strategy specific) metrics at the beginning
- Minimal sustained decline through the middle
- Peak just below the early metrics through to the end
During practice, track metrics like DPS, speed and stroke rate to see how much fluctuation there is lap to lap. Identify where the fluctuation starts or is largest, and focus specifically on maintaining these key metrics through that portion of the race. If a burst is impossible at the end, slow down the beginning and middle slightly until the athlete can be powerful through the entire race.
Transitions make or break races
Walls present an opportunity for an extra edge athlete's can't get in any other part of the race.
Performing quick turns and optimizing underwater strategy shaves off crucial time that leads to wins, as well as broken records and PBs.
Apply it: The best way to improve transitions is to treat the approach and push-off at each wall in practice as if it were a race. With the key components being:
- start turning early - the sooner you start, the faster you get off the wall
- turn quickly - work on getting through the turn with as much power and speed as possible
- push off evenly, but hard
Make sure every push off is well positioned, not angled downward too far, and with equal force from both legs, so you go straight down your lane.