Bachelor of Science – Health and Human Performance
School or Department
Health and Human Performance
Health and Human Performance – Exercise Science
triathlon, performance, focus, sport, psychology, questionnaire
Psychology | Sports Sciences
Before beginning a race, athletes formulate a plan for how they want to approach the event. Depending on the given athlete and/or race, this plan may be highly developed or composed of vague ideas. Aspects of a race plan may be formulated due to “exercise duration, race dynamics, or environmental conditions” (Wu, Abbiss, Pieffer, Brisswalter, & Nosaka, 2014).
I was curious what factors influenced an athlete’s ability to adhere to a race plan. I believe that some athletes are able to execute according to their race plan in the moment, while others are not. The null hypothesis was that racing experience has no effect on an athlete’s ability to adhere to the race plan. On the other hand, my alternative hypothesis was that racing experience would lead to less deviation from the race plan. I defined racing experience as years racing triathlon, number of triathlons competed in, years racing the half-iron distance, number of half-iron distance triathlons competed in, and years working with a triathlon coach.
Honors College Research Project
GLI Capstone Project
Ackerlund, Erika, "The Relationship Between Racing Experience and the Ability to Adhere to a Race Plan" (2018). Undergraduate Theses and Professional Papers. 219.
© Copyright 2018 Erika Ackerlund