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Get FIT with TritonWear : Observe.

TritonWear Focused Iterative Training, FIT, helps you improve in 3 simple steps: observe, discover and adjust.

Doing the right work in the right quantity and intensity and at the right time is the fastest way to improve. But where do you start?

Improving is an iterative process; it requires a series of steps that you repeat. Setting goals, tweaking and optimizing Readiness, Focus, and Intensity, and adjusting your training. We developed Focused Iterative Training, FIT, to help you improve in 3 simple steps: Observe, Discover and Adjust. This article focuses on the ''Observe'' period and covers all the best practices that will set you up for success. The first step is to start tracking all your workouts and spend some time learning the metrics. Let's dive in.


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Why is an observation period essential?

During the observation period, learning the best practices that set you on the right path to success with metrics is essential. You’ll learn to capture accurate data, interpret the Triton Score, choose metrics, engage with real-time data, and leverage data after practice. We recommend tracking workouts for roughly 4 weeks to establish training trends before making data-driven decisions.

1. Capture accurate data

You have your TritonWear and are ready to hit that first workout. Before you do, it is essential to practice correct unit placement, as any position or orientation variation will influence data accuracy. A successful unit placement has three critical components:




The unit should be positioned below the widest part of the swimmer's head, just above the nape of the neck.  The orientation should be vertical and in the head’s center.  It's also important to ensure athletes place the unit the same way for every workout. This helps the algorithm recognize their specific movements and create each athlete's unique swimming profile. Furthermore, swimmers need to focus on strong starts and finishes, swimming the prescribed workout, and hitting the right pace times for quality data.

2. Interpreting Triton Score.



During this initial period, the goal is to get to know the Triton Score and its changes over time. In the app, you can view the Triton Score, along with the Readiness, Focus, and Intensity scores.

Each one will show you how much focus your athletes put on skills and how intensely and safely they train every workout.

An observation period will allow you to notice how training habits, workout objectives, and external factors (nutrition, sleep etc.) affect the Triton Score. 

  For example:

Training habits may impact your swimmers Focus Score. Maintaining technique under intense sets and avoiding compromising skill focus for intensity is essential.

Scope of practice. Each workout follows a plan for how hard it should feel and what energy systems should be targeted. As a coach, you plan Intensity depending on where you are in the season. Periodization in this case will impact the swimmers' Intensity scores.

Lack of sleep or insufficient nutrition may impact your athletes' Readiness score. Feeling tired, sore, or without energy will affect how ythey feel in the water and their ability to respond to the workout. During these off practices, it’s important to focus on skills. 

3. Choose metrics.


By default, there are six favourite metrics, we've selected the most foundational metrics for every phase (transition, underwater, overwater). These metrics are an excellent start on what to aim to improve first. It’s good practice to analyze each metric's performance before changing them. Over time, you can dive deeper into athlete data and incorporate other metrics for more targeted training. 

The time you spend will give you the insight you need to set smart goals. At the end of the day, what metrics you choose will largely depend on your short-term and long-term goals for each swimmer. Keeping the athlete-coach communication open will ensure that goals and training scope are aligned. You can always change and customize metrics at any given time.


4. Engage with real-time data.


Real-time data gives high-level insight into each swimmer's profile. Monitoring live skills, heart rate and training zones will help your athletes develop accountability for their performance. With it, you can monitor their progress in real-time — every meter swam, every heartbeat counted, every second spent in each zone. Plus, all that info is displayed on a tablet right before them. 

5. Leveraging data after practice.

Analyzing and turning data into actionable steps can be time-consuming and challenging. Our app breaks that data down into digestible scores and personalized feedback to make it easier for you. Reflecting on the workout, encouraging athletes to keep a journal, record their RPE, and interpret their Triton Score are some of the best practices for drastic improvements.


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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