Learn to Use Your Triathlon Data Tools Wisely

MaccaX welcomes sports scientist Ben Hammond to its team of experts.

There is certainly no shortage of methods to capture data, and it’s really easy to get caught up in numbers that don’t necessarily mean much. The biggest challenge is gaining actionable insights from all that “noise”.

Without the right guidance, having too much data can very quickly become a hindrance to training. All the training tools in the world, the power meters, heart rate monitors, fancy algorithms and acronyms that tell you what you’re doing can very easily cause paralysis-by-analysis.

Access to a sport scientist allows you to learn more about what to look for in the data and what actions you can take.

The biggest mistake people make is finding a ‘number’ or ‘metric’ they like and chasing to improve that number.

In reality, training is dynamic and physiology is not simple. Some numbers are supposed to rise while others will fall.

A sports scientist simplifies this process into ONE simple question:
'Am I on track to achieve my goal?'

Ben will provide advice on the MaccaX online platform to help our athletes interpret their data and how to act on it. He says, “The main focus areas I’m researching now are the tracking and manipulation of training load for multi-sport, and a method for helping to highlight when aerobic conditioning has improved to the point of requiring you to reset your training targets and potentially indicate if you’re reaching a point of overtraining.”

Ben Hammond is a bike fitter, former pro, and sports scientist with Today’s Plan. He got into triathlon around 15 years ago and spent a number of years in Europe on French Grand Prix and German Bundesliga teams before returning to Australia. He began his foray into sport sciences at school and then furthered this at university with a degree in Exercise and Sport Science. He is currently in the application process to take on a Masters degree.