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Best Practices for Leveraging Data After Practice

Learn how to leverage swimming data after practice to gain insights and train smarter.

You have started using TritonWear during training, and you’re now sitting on a gold mine of swimming data. We’ve put together this article to help you make use of the best practices for leveraging data after training. Let’s dive right in.

One of the most significant benefits TritonWear offers is the opportunity to be involved in reviewing metrics, gaining insights and training smarter. This level of ownership will help you understand your swimming profile. Combining data from different metrics will provide even more insight into fine-tuning workouts for more targeted training.

 

How to best leverage data after practice?

 

1. Reflect on the workout

While interpreting metrics, it’s essential to reflect on the purpose of the training. Focus, Readiness and Intensity scores will fluctuate depending on the workout. For example, if you compromised technique for intensity, you will see a lower Focus score and a higher Intensity score that day.

There is always a cause and effect for everything, including any increase or decrease in metric scores throughout a set. To reveal how performance is affected, check your metrics for each rep.  If the set was too intense and you felt unable to maintain good technique throughout the entire set, dig into specific metrics and observe how they have been affected.

 A few specific metrics to look at include:

  • A slowdown in Stroke Rate.
  • An increase in Stroke Count.
  • A drop in DPS.
  • A fluctuating Stroke Index.

2. Keep a journal

In the app, there is a journal where you can record information and feedback for each workout. Recording how each training felt will deepen your understanding of your overall performance. Keep in mind that performance and thus your metrics are affected by workout intensity, sleep, nutrition, as well as your mental and physical state that day. 

These are the causes; the metrics are the effects. Keeping a journal offers you a deeper understanding of your body and the effects personal choices have on performance. 

 

Entering your RPE3. Record your RPE

RPE or Rating of Perceived Exertion measures how intense you perceived the practice to be.  You will need to record it manually. It is best to record RPE after the workout. Ideally, a good 30 minutes after training has ended. A small-time buffer before registering the RPE will offer you time to relax and help you reflect on the entire workout more accurately.

Note that it is crucial to be honest and accurate in your rating, as RPE is part of the load calculation. Injury risk and status are calculated from your RPE and training load. 

3. Interpret the Triton Score

The first step is to familiarize yourself with your Triton Score and how it fluctuates over time. In the app’s activities tab, you can view your Triton Score, along with each of your Readiness, Focus, and Intensity scores. It will show you for each workout how each score ranks in comparison to the other.

Are you training safely? Are you undertraining or overtraining?  The Readiness score analyzes the balance between the athlete’s acute (short-term) and chronic (long-term) load. It indicates whether short-term and long-term training is in balance and alerts you to situations where the load is changing too quickly.

If the status on the Readiness activity view shows you are overtraining consistently, you may want to adjust your Intensity score to avoid injury and burnout. 

 

Key takeaway

Understanding how to leverage and interpret data on your own can be time-consuming and confusing. Our app breaks that data down into digestible scores and personalized feedback. Reflecting on the workout, keeping a journal, recording the RPE and interpreting the Triton Score are some of the best practices that enable real improvements.

Next, learn why an observation period is essential to setting and achieving goals.

Alexandra Petala

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.

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