Training for an Olympic games is intense; it’s long, it’s demanding, it’s exhausting but it’s most definitely worth it! After a well-earned 4-month break away from full time training, it’s time to ramp things up again and begin the full time training journey towards Tokyo 2020 with the help of my FitBit Charge 2. I’m quite an analytical person so enjoy looking at the numbers I’m producing especially my resting and exercising heart rate and the quality and duration of my sleep. Monday 9th January marked the beginning of this journey and below are what a few days during my week looked like in terms of numbers.
Monday 9th January 2017
Gym Session AM and Bike Session PM
Unfortunately I am not quite back with the main group training. I have a slight ankle niggle that just managing for a few weeks. I do gym sessions to keep strength up and future niggles at bay, and maintain fitness by Watt Bike sessions. My bike session today was 15s sprint followed by 15s rest x 6, rest for 2 minutes and repeat 5 more times…[(15:15 x 6) x 6]
Wednesday 11th January 2017
Wednesday was my rest and recovery day during the week. I usually do about 10-12,000 steps a day…not today!
Friday 13th January 2017
Sleep is so crucial for athletes and I love my sleep! My target is to get 9hrs a night. This shows I was asleep for a total 9hrs 5 minutes and was restless 8 times during the night. Restless is defined as moving from a restful position into one involving greater moving, such as turning over.
Saturday 14th January 2017
Another spike in HR means another bike session on the Watt bike. Today’s session consisted of 2 minutes pedalling (fast) followed by 1-minute rest. I then repeated this 9 more times. The idea of this session is to maintain the highest average Watt output for each set.