Quote Originally Posted by Atticus View Post
More and more, coaches and athletes are seeing the real benefits of lanes 7 and 8: easier turns and you can focus on executing your own race. Trying 'harder' in the 200/400 is usually a recipe for disaster. Running smarter is the goal.
Concur. My own personal experience (for what it is worth) was that the desire to catch up to the next outside lane resulted in me tying up more than anything. Not seeing your opponents can lead to running scared, which for me, focused my attention on fundamentals.

I suppose it really depends on the individual and how they respond to the different stresses.