chapter  4
Decision-making, pacing, and performance in endurance sport
WithDominic Micklewright
Pages 23

Pacing is a behavioural strategy adopted by athletes whereby they attempt to distribute the rate of energy expenditure during an event in order to produce the best possible overall performance. Whereas pacing measurements, presented as either continuous or segment averaged data, reveal something about the outcomes of pacing decisions they have limited utility in the investigation of pre-decisional cognitive processes. In this chapter, an overview of judgement and decision-making theory will be given in the context of athletic pacing with a particular focus on research methods and measurement issues.