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I have some of what you want:
100br sets in 20 yd pool, sets done on 35 seconds interval
Both had goal times of 17 for the past 3 sets
One used high rating to average between 15.5 and 16.2 and “swept the set” which means all of the 20-25 repeats see made with no failure. The other used lower rating to average 17 seconds approximately and may be only average 10-12 successful repeats. The higher rating swimmer’s brain was trained to do high rate swimming and lactic acid and slow times struck by the 3rd 25 of the 100 br. The slow rating swimmer started with a slow rate and had the energy to finish hard in the end. The slow rating swimmer was about 1 second faster in meet than high rate swimmer.
I have other examples but this is the best one. Has anyone else noticed this effect? I think Peter Andrew cares about this type of thing as he is very concerned about MAs stroke counts in 200 fly sets.