In the past I look at my overall results relative to the field compared to the previous year and then break it down by aspect -- s/t1/b/t2/r.
- Example: If I was in the top 20% on the swim last year and improved to 18% my swim fitness was better vs. if I was in the top 10% on the run and dropped to 15% then I would assume I was less run fit.
- I base it on overall field as age group could be distorted by a few people racing or not racing for small-ish(300 people) races. Now at IM age group performance could be used with 400 M35-39s.
- I also do not compare one race to another because I have similar size races some of which I can finish near the front and others I am not very competitive.
- Note: If you screw something up -- nutrition, swimming off course, getting lost in transition, etc. there is no possible way to compare two races.
How do other STers judge performance improvements year to year?
Swim - Bike - Run the rest is just clothing changes.