Introduction To Race Analysis

Many of you will not have done any analysis of your own races before, and for those who have, SwimOptimum may turn out to be a very useful tool.

What is a Race Analysis?

A Race Analysis is, at its core, a measurement of how well you performed in a race. SwimOptimum analyses your performance by having you collect timing and distance data from videos of your races, and allows you to easily see how your effort in races is paying off.

There are a few example Race Analysis reports we provide so that you can see the kind of data SwimOptimum collects:
  1. Naoya Tomita - World 200 BR
  2. Ranomi Kromowidjojo - World 100 FC
  3. Therese Alshammar - World 50 FLY
  4. Cesar Cielo Filho - World 50 FC

What do I need to do a Race Analysis?

The first thing you will need to carry out a race analysis is a video file in one of SwimOptimum's accepted formats - click here for more information on video formats and instructions on how to convert your own videos.

We also provide a test video that licensees can use to carry out a practice analysis. Click here to download that file. This is a 100m Long Course Breaststroke race.

Race Analyses are only available to SwimOptimum licensees.

How do I do a Race Analysis?

To start analysing videos, licensees can click here or navigate to My SwimOptimum -> Races.

You should now click the "Create New Race Analysis" button at the bottom of the page. This will open the Race Analysis Editor. You can view videos showing you how to use the Race Analysis Editor here. Alternatively, if you have already entered or imported race times that you would like to do an analysis for, you can click the Create Analysis link next to the entry and choose "Create" on the menu that pops up.

Once you are in the Race Analysis Editor, you will be presented with the Details window. Choose your video file of the race, and then fill in the other details. The example video is a 200m Breaststroke Short Course race.

Once you click OK, you'll be taken to the main screen of the Race Analysis Editor. You'll note there is a video player on the left, and space on the right for times to be saved.

Click the Play button, or press the Space bar, to start your video playing. You now need to "capture events" - to do this, you simply click anywhere on the video.

The first event of any race is the Race Start, so when you hear the starting gun (or buzzer) sound, click the video once.

The other events you capture will depend on what you chose on the Race Details screen; the event you're currently looking for will be highlighted in white on the right-hand side of the screen. Click here for a description of the events.

So what now?

Once you have completed your Race Analysis, you should click the Save button in the top right corner. This is very important - if you close the Race Analysis Editor without saving, you will lose all of your work.

You can view the statistics for the race you've just analysed by clicking the Stats button, or you can close the Race Analysis Editor and view the full reports. You can access these here or by clicking My SwimOptimum -> Race Analysis Reports.