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Factors influencing pacing in triathlon


Wu, SS and Peiffer, JJ and Brisswalter, J and Nosaka, K and Abbiss, CR, Factors influencing pacing in triathlon, Open Access Journal of Sports Medicine, 5 pp. 223 234. ISSN 1179-1543 (2014) [Substantial Review]

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Triathlon is a multisport event consisting of sequential swim, cycle, and run disciplines performed over a variety of distances. This complex and unique sport requires athletes to appropriately distribute their speed or energy expenditure (ie, pacing) within each discipline as well as over the entire event. As with most physical activity, the regulation of pacing in triathlon may be influenced by a multitude of intrinsic and extrinsic factors. The majority of current research focuses mainly on the Olympic distance, whilst much less literature is available on other triathlon distances such as the sprint, half-Ironman, and Ironman distances. Furthermore, little is understood regarding the specific physiological, environmental, and interdisciplinary effects on pacing. Therefore, this article discusses the pacing strategies observed in triathlon across different distances, and elucidates the possible factors influencing pacing within the three specific disciplines of a triathlon.

Item Details

Item Type:Substantial Review
Keywords:cycle, endurance, multisport, pacing strategy, run, swim
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Sports science and exercise
Research Field:Exercise physiology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health) not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Wu, SS (Dr Sam Wu)
ID Code:100128
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Health Sciences B
Deposited On:2015-05-04
Last Modified:2015-05-25

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