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SUP technical – How to find out what race paddle is fastest for you

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Aaron
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Aaron

Just came across this article. Thanks for your scientific approach to SUP testing. I have enjoyed other articles and videos of yours! I’m curious why heart rate isn’t included in the data collected to ensure energy expenditure is the same for each run (or if not the same, does it correlate with the difference in SI between paddles, or whatever is being tested)? Also, not sure if you’ve seen this, but your field testing of blade size supports what has been shown mathematically – https://thescienceofpaddling.net/part-5-what-moves-you. The longer stroke length with the larger paddle also fits with what has been taught… Read more »

Bryce Dyer
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Bryce Dyer

So many good points here Aaron. What I’ve done is to cherry pick a few of your excellent observations and will attempt to address them. 1) I’m curious why heart rate isn’t included in the data collected to ensure energy expenditure is the same for each run. ANSWER: This was purely due to the relatively short duration of each run. I’d only use HR as a metric myself if I were doing runs of at least 5 minutes long. With short durations of just a couple of minutes (like I used in these kinds of tests), you’re drawing on a… Read more »

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