“Relatively” slow and steady wins the race

Pascal BALDUCCI, Michel CLEMENCON, Christophe Hautier

Abstract


Do variations in segment speed (e.g. pacing) on a mountain ultramarathon relate to performance? An index of pacing (IP) was calculated by dividing the average race speed by the speed on the first race segment. In addition, segment speed and coefficient of variation (CV) in speed were analyzed for seven race segments. The two methods were related to race time and strongly correlated with each other. Speed in a mountain ultramarathon varies widely, but the best performances are achieved by the best pacers.


Keywords


performance, endurance training, pacing

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.12922/jshp.v4i4.101

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