The optimum cadence is the cadence which allows the paddler to sustain the highest average power output over a specific distance or time. Not all athletes perform at the same cadence. You need only to watch a race to notice the variation in cadences among paddlers, even at the elite level. By knowing where the cadence sweet-spot lies, an appropriate training and racing structure can be established. Training at or near the optimum cadence during targeted sessions, whilst focusing on increasing power output will help develop a more effective and powerful stroke, improving your performance.