There is some interesting research on pedometers that demonstrates the simple act of wearing a pedometer (or similar) device to measure your daily steps actually increases the steps taken by 2,000+/day. How is that possible? It just sits there on your belt or attaches to your pants - why would your activity levels increase so significantly as a result of wearing a simple device?
The answer goes back to a tried and true management strategy: What Gets Measured... Gets Done We (all of us) have SO many things vying for our attention on a daily basis that it's simply not possible to focus on all of them simultaneously. So our brain picks out those that seem to be of greatest importance. Wearing a pedometer puts "walking" in the center of our radar screen and tells our brain it deserves attention. Add to that the opportunity to review progress and the "importance" status is elevated even further.
This same concept is part of the reason the Aerobar Edge is such a powerful training/racing device. When an athlete knows he/she (and likely the athlete's coach) will be reviewing the patterns of aero vs. non-aero position after a ride or a race, it puts it in the forefront. We haven't studied this yet, but we have a pretty solid hypothesis that simply the act of placing the Aerobar Edge on your TT bike increases the percentage of time spent in aero by 10-40%.
How often are you (or your athletes) in aero? How do you know? Maybe it's time to get it measured... and then get it done.