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Pacing strategies during the swim, cycle and run disciplines of sprint, Olympic and half-Ironman triathlons

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Wu, SS and Peiffer, JJ and Brisswalter, J and Nosaka, K and Lau, WY and Abbiss, CR, Pacing strategies during the swim, cycle and run disciplines of sprint, Olympic and half-Ironman triathlons, European Journal of Applied Physiology, 115, (5) pp. 1147-54. ISSN 1439-6319 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2015 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg

DOI: doi:10.1007/s00421-014-3096-2

Abstract

PURPOSE: This study investigated the influence of distance on self-selected pacing during the swim, cycle and run disciplines of sprint, Olympic and half-Ironman (HIM) distance triathlon races.

METHOD: Eight trained male triathletes performed the three individual races in <2 months. Participants' bikes were fitted with Schoberer Rad Meßtechnik to monitor speed, power output and heart rate during the cycle discipline. Global positioning system was worn to determine speed and heart rate during the swim and run disciplines.

RESULT: An even swim pacing strategy was adopted across all distances. A more stochastic pacing was observed during the HIM cycle [standard deviation of exposure variation analysis (EVASD) = 3.21 ± 0.61] when compared with the sprint cycle discipline (EVASD = 3.84 ± 0.44, p = 0.018). Only 20.9 ± 4.1 % of the cycling time was spent more than 10 % above the mean power output in the HIM, compared with 43.8 ± 2.9 % (p = 0.002) and 37.7 ± 11.1 % (p = 0.039) during the sprint and Olympic distance triathlons, respectively. Conversely, 13.6 ± 5.1 % of the cycling time was spent 5-10 % below the mean power output during the HIM, compared with 5.9 ± 1.2 % (p = 0.034) and 8.0 ± 5.1 % (p = 0.045) during the sprint and Olympic distance triathlons, respectively. A negative pacing strategy was adopted during the sprint distance run, compared with positive pacing strategy during the Olympic and HIM.

CONCLUSION: Results of this study suggest that pacing strategies during triathlon are highly influenced by distance and discipline, and highlight the importance of developing pacing strategies based on distance, strengths and individual fitness.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Multisport, power output, endurance, ironman, exposure variation analysis
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Human Movement and Sports Science
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
Author:Wu, SS (Dr Sam Wu)
ID Code:100130
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:7
Deposited By:Health Sciences B
Deposited On:2015-05-04
Last Modified:2015-08-18
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