Having trouble keeping track of your race results? Creating spreads sheet to microanalyze your times from race to race and compare them to your closest rivals? If you compete and want to make progress, you need to hone on the details. What seems like minutia may be the key to unlocking your next PR. This is especially true when it comes to triathlons, duathlons, aquabikes, and the like because there are so many aspects that come into play. Yes, the swim, bike, and run, but also those pesky transitions. Races have been won and lost due to transition efficiency / inefficiency as I mentioned in my Tips for Conquering the 70.3 /Half Iron post. Trust me, it stinks to miss the podium or your PR due a slack transition. Stay tuned for a tips on transitions post.
The good news is that there’s a website called Athlinks that makes it easy to “geek out” on your results and unveil your best opportunities for improvement. Athlinks is a comprehensive database of endurance race results worldwide. If you’ve raced, your results are visible there – go check them out. Here’s what it looks like:
(And yes, the transition for my race looks super long, but a full iron was going in as well so it was super convoluted and protracted. The important / telling thing is that my transition was still “winning” comparatively speaking.
You can view your race results without joining Athlinks if you like, but joining is free and fun. Once you do, you can get a a complete (macro & micro) view of your race history, see how you rank, calendar future events, follow your friends, stalk (figuratively speaking) your rivals, keep a training log, etc. Whether you’re racing for the podium or just for the sport of it, Athlinks is a great resource. And no, no one’s paying me to say so.
What’s your biggest opportunity for improvement? Got questions? Send ’em.