We’ll start with the programming this year. As I mentioned in my prior posts, I felt this year’s programming better was an improvement over last year, if for no other reason than we eliminated the single-modality events. I also felt the events this year were balanced, with specialists unlikely to finish particularly high on any given event, but yet there was enough diversity that we weren’t testing the same thing over and over again. As I started looking into the programming further, it became clear that 2013 was, in many ways, a blend between 2011 and 2012. First, here is a basic comparison of the average loading* used each year in the men’s competition (the pattern is the same for women).
We’re looking forward to reading:
- Correlations between events this year, compared with last year (Part II)
- Comparison of performance by new competitors vs. returning athletes (Part II)
- Comparison of 12.4 and 13.3 results, in a fair amount of depth (Part II)
- Attrition in this year’s Open, compared with last year (Part II)