For years we have been engaged in well-known debates of how to swim faster: the bend vs straight arm recovery, the breathing every other stroke vs every stroke on the fly, the SR vs DPS and many more. The truth is that what works for one swimmer does not necessarily work for another. Tracking your metrics and understanding your swimming will help you answer this for yourself.
The hardest part is knowing how to use your metrics for swimming faster. At TritonWear, we developedFocused Iterative Training, FIT, to break this down into three easy steps: observe, discover and adjust.
The first step is observing your Triton Score and understanding how your metrics influence your score. The second step is finding focus and discovering the pattern in metrics you excel in and others you need to improve on. The last step is using insights to adjust your training and master your progress.
We recommend tracking four weeks of training before setting your goals on what metrics to improve on first. You’ll need to know how your Triton Score fluctuatesand what impacts each of your Readiness, Focus and Intensity Scores before you start adjusting your training.
How to use TritonWear FIT philosophy to master your progress?
1. Find focus and prioritize your goals.
Once you have taken the time to get to know your swimming analytics, it’s time to find your focus and prioritize your goals. First, think of your ultimate goal; what stroke and distance are you aiming to improve? Then break down the stroke and distance and dig deeper into your stroke and phase metrics. What phase of swimming (transitions, underwater, overwater) is costing your performance?
Knowing your metric baseline ( usual average for each metric) and how each phase of your swimming impacts your performance will help you identify your weaknesses. The TritonWear Focus comparison tool is a valuable tool for your performance growth. This great tool will direct you precisely to where you need to focus your attention first. The ‘compare to myself’ tool will show your swimming technique progress, while the ‘compare to others like me’ tool will show where you stand in each metric against your competition (swimmers, your height and speed).
2. Adjust your training based on data-driven decisions.
We are conditioned to believe that swimming faster equals training harder. The truth is that in 2021 to swim faster, you ought to learn to train smarter. Training smarter doesn’t mean easy training; it means doing the right type of work at the right time, amount and intensity.
How does TritonWear show you what has influenced the drop in performance?
Our platform answers this question by enabling you to leverage real-time data during practice. The Focus score will show a fluctuation in metrics during the set and elude a drop in skill execution. Stroke index, stroke rate and DPS are often the first ones to be affected. Either your coach or yourself can view your metrics performance while tracking a live workout. Our platform will show you the metric and allow you to dive deeper into each rep and lap of the set.
Furthermore, once practice is over you can view your metrics and discover how you performed in each one. Personalized recommendations in combination with your Readiness, Focus & Intensity scores will show you how well you trained in each of the key areas of the workout.
Many training plans alternate between overtraining and recovery days; time in both can help reach one’s goal. However, the key to maximizing performance is striking a balance between training and recovery. TritonWear Readiness has removed the guesswork from determining your body’s capacity to take on the workout, but it requires tracking all workouts to accurately depict your body’s status.
3. Master Metric Tradeoffs.
Improving individual metrics sets you on the path to improve performance. However, certain metrics influence each other, and improving one may lead to a decline in another. This decline can start to affect an athlete’s performance negatively. The secret to maximizing performance is optimizing your metric tradeoffs. Elite athletes rarely have the highest score in an individual metric; they are, however, the masters of metric tradeoffs.
Alexandra Petala is the Content Marketing Manager at TritonWear. Before joining TritonWear, Alexandra had created her own company delivering freelance services for lead generation. She also served as the Growth Manager at Just' Geter Done. A former swimming coach and Greek National Champion herself with over 20 years of experience in competitive swimming. Alexandra graduated from the Empire State University with a degree in Business Economics and Marketing.