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!
Race strategy is critical
The two most common strategies in these races were:
- 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
The Women's 200 fly and 200 IM both demonstrate the importance of managing pace. We saw 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
Transitions make or break races
The Women's 100 Breast and the Mens 50 Free highlight the importance of transitions. 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