What's Your TriDot?

What reaction would you get if you asked a fellow triathlete, "What's Your TriDot?"

Today, they'd probably give you an expression similar to the "eyes-wide-open-with-a-straight-line-mouth" Emoji face. But the reality is the TriDot Score can change triathlete conversations about training, performance and potential. 

Think of it like a golf handicap. If you're a 19 handicap and you're talking to a 2 handicap, you immediately have context for the conversation. The same is true of the TriDot Score.

Before you start weeks of triathlon training, wouldn't it be great if you could quantify your overall triathlon fitness with a baseline score? And get a score for each discipline too? What if these scores helped identify which areas offer the biggest training payoff (i.e. better results, more efficient training) and served a role in tracking your progress?

You can and they do. We call it a TriDot Score. And they're free, whether you train using TriDot's big data and advanced analytics or not.

TriDot offers this dynamically changing 1-100 index to identify each triathlete’s performance abilities across the three triathlon disciplines as well as their overall triathlon fitness (TriDot Composite Score). The scores are normalized so they reflect a triathlete’s absolute triathlon performance ability and enable athletes to compare TriDot Scores for context. Even if it’s an age group and professional triathlete discussing training and performance.

Whether you’re training for a sprint or full iron-distance race, your TriDot Score serves as TriDot's baseline and guide to establish proper training intensities, pacing, and to project outcomes. It takes the guesswork out of triathlon training.

Understanding the TriDot Score

Every triathlete is different.

"PhysiFactors" such as shape, height, weight, triathlon history, athletic ability, etc. impact how you train and race. But raw data, no matter how good and current it is, is useless unless it’s combined with these biometrics. 

TriDot uses each athletes physical, performance and training stress profile to calculate an individual TriDot Score for swim, bike and run as well as an overall TriDot Composite Score. The overall score is a proprietary weighted average of all three triathlon disciplines.

For example, TriDot discipline scores of 38 – 50 – 74 indicates the athlete is a developing swimmer (first number: 38), an intermediate cyclist (second number: 50), and a highly competitive runner (third number: 74). The TriDot Composite Score is simply an overall measure of triathlon fitness using these scores. 

Since certain external factors like temperature, humidity, and ele,vation affect performance data TriDot developed a technology called Environment Normalization™ to produce more accurate assessments. This converts results to a baseline environment to create a normalized value that enables performance comparison regardless of the time of year and environmental conditions.

Because the TriDot Score is a normalized index, in the near future TriDot will also provide athletes with their overall ranking among other triathletes as well as their ranking within each discipline and by age group.

A reliable TriDot Score starts with reliable data. That’s why TriDot ensures the big data that undergirds a TriDot Score is the most comprehensive, reliable, and up-to-date as any in the industry. TriDot has researched triathlete metrics from training and races for more than 10 years. We own this big data.

When this data is combined with your profile metrics and processed with advanced analytics, we're able to discover hidden and underlying insight in your training data that other approaches miss. Tradition, theory, templates or trial and error simply don't have the technology needed to find this insight in today's flood of triathlon data. 

It's insight that leads to better results in up to 30% less training time. And it's a learning model--so it gets better as more athletes use it. 

It truly makes TriDot distinct in triathlon training. 

Triathletes often compare or describe performance based on time. But because there are so many variables which affect time and no normalized point of reference, it rarely results in a meaningful discussion.

It's time to change the conversation from "What's your time?" to "What's your TriDot?"...and look for the big-smile Emoji expression.

Get your TriDot Score now at http://app.tridot.com -- and while you're at it, give TriDot Advanced Analytics Triathlon Training a spin for 14 days. Just like TriDot Scores, that's free too. 

TriDot Takeaway: Don't underestimate how your fitness and abilities in swim, bike and run impact how your training should be structured. Training should focus on those areas which offer the biggest payoff in better results and more efficiency so you can maximize each hour of training. Discovery starts with your TriDot Score.

TriDot Talk: Which of your three disciplines do you think would have the highest TriDot Score?

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