Posts Tagged ‘triathlon’

Confessions from an Amateur

Friday, June 25th, 2010

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When looking for information regarding training tools, coaches, or new products, it is easy to get professional athlete reviews or even magazine information. As a company based around scientific evidence and research, we sought out some non-biased customer feedback to help explain to the masses what Restwise can do for you. Mary Geron, a resident of Idaho was the first to respond to our inquiry, and we quickly fired off a list of questions for her to answer. So for all the weekend warriors and sport class racers, this interview is for you!

RW: As an everyday non-professional athlete, what tools have you used in your training with success?

MG: The only tool I have used with success for my training other than Restwise is a pulse monitor.  I still use my pulse monitor every day, but I think it has been greatly enhanced with the addition of the Restwise program.  Restwise has taught me that if I begin training, and I struggle to get my pulse up to my target range…that I need to stop pushing and rest for a day at least.

RW: What do you feel sets Restwise apart from other training tools?

MG: What sets Restwise apart from other training tools is that your data input results in an accurate accounting of how the training you are putting in is affecting your body and its ability to be pushed each time you train.  The Restwise program helps me stay in the present moment with my body and how it is feeling in order to be more flexible and realistic about when and how I train…or whether I train at all on a given day.  Restwise is training my mind…while I train my body.  My greatest challenge as an average joe athlete is my mind, and the misinformation that is stored there.  Things like, “if I just work harder and longer, everyday…I will get better and faster more quickly.”  Rest in my mind has always been equated to laziness, but Restwise has completely changed my mind about that.

RW: How have you noticed your fitness change since using the product?

MG: I rest a lot more using the Restwise program.  Sometimes I take two days off in a row!  The result?  The days I do train, I am able to kick some serious ass…(my own really,) and I am getting stronger more quickly and earlier in the season (bike riding). The payoff?  I have the biggest smile on my face when I fly around town on my bike because it’s easy for me, and that makes it more fun.  I live in a mountain town, and it usually takes me till August before I am smiling as I am flying up hills.  It is still June, and because of Restwise, I am zooming around like it is August!  I can’t wait for the next day, my next data entry in the Restwise program, to see what the day holds for me.  Also, for the first time in my exercise life, I am not beating myself up for resting!  I am as happy resting as I am training or riding for fun, and that is the greatest gift really…Restwise has taken away my mean taskmaster, and replaced her with a fun, relaxed, in shape chick!

RW: Do you work with a coach or follow a program for your training?

MG: Not really. I go to a couple of functional training classes a week, and follow a training schedule someone made up for me to do on my indoor trainer in the late winter, early spring time before the weather gets warm enough to ride outside.

RW: What do you feel is the most valuable part about Restwise, especially for athletes in any sport?

MG: The most valuable part of Restwise is that if you follow what it says for you to do to the letter…your fitness will improve without question, and you will be convinced of the sound science behind the absolute value of the proper amount of rest.  Our bodies tell us exactly what they need, and Restwise gives us ears to hear.

RW: Mary, thanks for taking the time to answer our questions.  Your feedback is invaluable.

MG: Thanks for your questions…I hope my answers are useful, or at least entertaining!

Mary Geron AKA Mikie

Sara Studebaker: A Sure Shot

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010
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Courtesy of Christian Manzoni

When most people think of cross-country skiing, rarely do they associate it with shooting firearms. The sport alone brings to mind incredible fitness levels, cold weather, and tremendous coordination requirements. Biathlon brings together target shooting and sky high heart rates to set the stage for a extremely difficult nordic event. Sara Studebaker is America’s top ranked female biathlete, and competed in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. Sara is helping Restwise break into the winter sports arena and she was kind enough to answer some questions from here Lake Placid, NY home.

RW: How long have you been in biathlon? Why/How did you get involved?

SS: I started out as a cross-country skier and found out about biathlon when I was in Junior High.  I did a little bit of biathlon through High School, but when I went to college decided to focus on skiing.  After I graduated from Dartmouth College in 2007, I was offered a spot on the US Biathlon Development Team and moved to Lake Placid, NY to live and train full-time at the Olympic Training Center.

RW: Are you working with a coach? How do you two integrate Restwise into your training?

SS: I work with several coaches from US Biathlon.  One coach writes my training plan, and two that help me and the other biathletes in Lake Placid with day-to-day implementation of the training plan.  Since Restwise is fairly new to both my coaches and myself (Zach and I are the only two athletes on the US Biathlon Team that currently use Restwise), we haven’t yet decided to best way to bring it together with the training.  Right now, I use it mostly to help me be better in-tune to my body’s signals.

RW: What have you noticed different about your training and fitness since using Restwise?

SS: There are times when you might be heading towards overloading when you don’t want to, and it’s nice to be able to see that in advance and use that to help decide if you need an extra rest day or an easier workout.

RW: Anything you would like to change about Restwise?

SS: The one thing I would change is that you have to be online to enter your data.  Often when we are traveling, it can be tough to find reliable internet, and it would be helpful to have an off-line program to use when you can’t get online.

(Ed. note – the iPhone application is now available)

Studebaker

Courtesy of Christian Manzoni

RW: How does living with another Restwise athlete, Zac Hall, help you? Do you two compare rest states etc?

SS: Zach and I live next door at the Olympic Training Center (OTC) in Lake Placid.  We do compare resting states and it’s been interesting to see what one small difference in reporting means for either of us in our rest score.  It’s also good because we can see when each other are getting tired or over worked and help each other go to bed earlier or make smarter training decisions.

RW: What do you feel makes Restwise so easy to use?

SS: Having very few components to report makes it a quick process-I often complete the form before even going to breakfast.  Also, using the pulse oximeter makes taking morning heart rate much easier-I’ve tried to take my morning HR before, but it was always so inconsistent when you’re trying to count bpm’s at 6:30am!

RW: For the aspiring Nordic skier, what is your training volume like? Hours skiing and gym time, sort of a “what does it take”?

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Courtesy of Gary Colliander

SS: This year I plan to train 720 hours.  Sometimes that number ends up smaller because of sickness or travel, but that’s the goal.  In addition to that time, I’ll spend about 150 hours doing shooting specific training.  And that’s all in addition to rest time, travel time and preparation.  It’s pretty much a full-time job which, at this level, is necessary.  It takes a lot of time and work to get top level in any sport, and for Nordic skiing and biathlon, it’s especially tough because athletes don’t peak until their upper 20s or mid 30s.  It’s a long road, but very rewarding.

RW: Thanks Sara, we wish you the best of luck in your summer training and upcoming winter! To stay up to date with Sara’s training and racing, you can check her out at sarastudebaker.blogspot.com

Welcome

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Congratulations, you have landed on the official Restwise blog, a place where users and fans can read and learn about recovery based training and its results. Whether it is musings from races, athlete testimonials, or more scientific evidence and research, you will find it here. As our first foray into the blog world we thought it would be best to give a brief history of how Restwise came to be.

Founders Matthew Weatherley-White and Jeff Hunt are no strangers to competitive endurance sports, but they have to balance training with the demands of jobs, kids, travel, and, well, life in general. So they are always looking for ways to be more effective and intelligent in making training time count. From decades of experience as athletes and coaches, they knew that successful training hinged on striking the right balance between training and recovery. The insight that grew into Restwise was that virtually all of the focus in sport is on the training side of things. Power meters, heart rate monitors, GPS devices, etc. all measure the work component. But work simply prepares the body for fitness gains that occur only during rest, and it is only through adequate rest and proper recovery that optimal gains are made. So Matthew and Jeff keyed in on trying to measure the recovery side of the equation.

However making sense of the many physiological markers associated with rest is difficult, and drawing accurate conclusions from qualitative and quantitative data sets is a challenge. Matthew and Jeff knew that they could make a meaningful contribution to the endurance sports world if they were just smart enough to combine these markers into a simple tool that let athletes quantify their state of recovery.

But they weren’t.  So they pulled out the Rolodex and made their way to Dr. Vern Neville.

Vern Neville provided the primary Restwise scientific expertise. Vern has spent several years studying the science of recovery and advising elite professional teams on how to incorporate optimal recovery protocols into their training plans. He drew from his own experience and research, as well as the considerable body of recovery science to design the Restwise recovery algorithm, making sure it used the correct physiological markers, interpreted them correctly, and weighted them appropriately. The resulting proprietary algorithm allows the athlete to make more informed decisions about their training regimen.

Restwise is extremely happy with the end product and its level of success. Tapping their great network of friends and athletes, Matthew and Jeff were fortunate enough to get quality feedback throughout the development process. The end result is an interesting and potentially revolutionary way to look at training, one that has already made its way into the regimens of several of the best athletes in the world. So follow us on Twitter and check back often. Next week we will be catching up with Restwise athlete, three-time Mountain Bike World Champion Rebecca Rusch to see how her quest for a fourth world title is coming, and how her training regimen has been affected by using Restwise.

Cheers

RW