You’ve done the training and logged the miles – so how do you ensure your taper is on track to deliver the best possible performance on the big day?
Many people enjoy watching their HRV number fall after hard training, followed by a rebound a day or two later can be very satisfying. They also notice the impact of a late night for example, or a short illness. But it’s not always that simple to interpret the cause of changes.
“Simon Says” ™ is a new, exciting addition to ithlete Pro that does all the heavy lifting of interpreting your recovery metrics and delivers them in a short paragraph that can be read and understood in just a few seconds.
This recent email exchange between a customer and ithlete founder Simon Wegerif discussed several interesting and useful points. So, with the customer’s permission we are sharing it as a blog post.
The build-up to a marathon is a big commitment. Most people train for 12-15 weeks (3 months). Generally, training plans suggest you should be running 5 times each week with 2 rest days spaced between. But how do you schedule these runs and rest days for optimum benefit?
Coaches often talk about the importance of not increasing your training volume too quickly. For example many running coaches say not to increase your mileage by more than 10% per week to reduce the chances of overuse injuries. But now there is a more scientific and personalised formula – and it’s easy to use too!
A first look at all of the exciting new ithlete Pro updates.
Recording training load can often explain daily ithlete readings. ithlete offers a range of methods to import or enter your Training Load. Find out how.
The ithlete Pro Training Guide brings truly personalised, actionable training guidance on a daily basis. So how does it work? And why?
Andrew Tamplin has created and shared a great infographic giving us an insight in to his daily training cycle and decision making process.
‘The morning recovery test effects all other aspects of the daily cycle, the simple fact is that if you are not recovered sufficiently from your previous workout, work or other life stress then you are not going to be training effectively.’
This month see’s Andy and his team take on the much anticipated 300 mile Charity Ride!
In summary, I think the preparation for this event was a success – especially the many hours of MAF endurance training, and the aerodynamic improvements to both my position and the bike itself. I think diet was the only area I didn’t get quite right, and perhaps I need to gain confidence that I can perform on a low(er) carb diet on a 100m event first.
I have now begun my taper, with just a week to go before the 312km event in Mallorca next Saturday. I’m already in the centre zone of the Pro Training Guide, and expect to move rightwards during the week as my recovery continues to improve.
It is very important to take into account the trends reported by both the Week and Month Change indications, as these are the ones that will report an increasing and unsustainable imbalance between stress and recovery.
Hopefully this is a sign of improved fitness and my body getting used to the increasing workload, adaptation, and therefore recovering quicker.
This post covers two 15 week training cycles of a 22 year old, female, short sprint (50m) swimmer leading up to a weekend of competition. The athlete has been training seriously for four years.
Training weeks 5 through to 7 incorporate a number of group training sessions ahead of a scheduled rest week starting late February. How will this effect the HRV? Read on to find out.
Users of ithlete Pro can now sync with TrainingPeaks to gain further insight in to how training effects their HRV and to base training decisions on objective recovery.
Andy Dolphin’s training blog provides an insight into an athlete who’s training time is minimal. With around 5 to 8 hours a week to train, Andy uses ithlete to maximise his training.
Our latest research summary focuses on two studies from Yann Le Meur who sheds some light on how and when parasympathetic overreaching occurs.
Our recent research summary focused on the investigation of how work affected individuals in both psychological & physiological respects. In addition, the full research paper from the University of Queensland, Australia shared some useful tips to reduce workplace stress which we have summarised for this weeks Tuesday Tip
After a tough July, Andrew Tamplin looks forward to a return to training with ithlete Pro guiding him through it. Read his August Training Blog here:
In his August Training Blog, Andy Dolphin talks us through his training schedule and ithlete Pro data.
This weeks Tuesday Tips takes a look at the real impact of travel with some steps to help avoid the stress of travel
Its been a busy month of intensive training sessions for John O’Regan. Check out his August Training Blog here
This week’s Tuesday Tip focuses on nutrition the impact on stress. Do you reach for those ‘convenience foods’ after a stressful day? If so take a look at some useful nutritional tips we’ve put together
Having now completed 2 target events, Andy Dolphin now takes on Ride London as his third and final target event for the year.
Andrew Tamplin started July happy, fit and looking forward to the month of sweet spot training, putting in some harder efforts with the aid of ithlete Pro to guide him. Did Andrew get through July unscathed?
Following on from last month, July has been quite a stressful month for John O’Regan with his training being very intermittent Did John manage to finish July strongly?
After the ironman Coeur d’Alene (IMCdA), Brian Schwind takes us through the effects of the race on his heart rate variability.
June saw a continuation of Andrew Tamplin’s zone two training and an event that should really send any persons heart racing – His wedding!
Can superfoods increase sports performance? Take a lot at our review of the recent channel 4 documentary Superfoods: The Real Story to find out.
June saw Andy Dolphin dealing with a cold, 3 goal event with each spaced 2 weeks apart and handling back-to-back tapering!
After 6 long months the time to taper for Ironman Coeur d’Allene 2015 has finally arrived for Brian Schwind.
In his first Training Blog for ithlete, Andy Dolphin talks to us about his May training regime.
May saw Andrew Tamplin take on base training using ithlete Pro as his coach. A wise choice!
May has been a mixed month for John O’Regan following a disastrous run at the 24-hr World Championships in April where he picked up a stomach bug knocking his training back in the process.