How Tinman Elite trains with WHOOP
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Drew Hunter knows that running fast is more than just adding miles.
“As runners we are very motivated by numbers. We know the pace we’re supposed to run, we know how many miles we’ve driven, how many laps we’ve done, ”said Hunter, Tinman Elite member and United States champion.
“But we’re not always good at listening to our bodies. We tend to think of more mileage as the answer.
To help hear what their bodies are saying, Tinman Elite uses WHOOP, a wearable device that tracks their recovery, heart rate, and sleep. WHOOP provides data on important metrics that runners often ignore, such as changes in resting heart rate, heart rate variability, quality of sleep, and how different lifestyle behaviors affect recovery . In short, it quantifies the other 22 hours of the day when they are not working.
“WHOOP simplifies a lot of complicated parts of my life,” Hunter said.
The group has their own team on the WHOOP app, a feature that allows them to view data from their training partners.
“It’s easy to hold each other accountable in training when we’re side by side all the time, but it’s another thing when we come home at night, it’s another thing when we’re out and about and that we’re doing different things that aren’t. I’m not necessarily involved in the team, ”said steeplechaser Joey Berriatua.
“I love waking up and seeing all the guys sleeping and getting competitive with that,” Hunter said.
Hunter uses the information to guide his training: if his WHOOP is red, he may cancel a session or focus on recovery. If it’s green, he knows it’s time to grow.
Sam Parsons, who represented Germany in the 5000m at the 2019 World Championships, pays close attention to the sleep data provided by WHOOP.
“Sleep is where you get better. Period. And I can run as many kilometers as I want. If I don’t absorb those kilometers, that’s okay. So making sure that each day I achieve these sleep scores and metrics is so important to me. So if I can get those nine hours, those 10 hours, I know I’m absorbing more and more fitness day by day, “Parsons said.
WHOOP also helped explain the impact of what Parsons was putting into his body.
“I really quickly started to understand if it was the glass or two glasses of wine I was drinking at night or the melatonin I was taking and how that would affect the little things in my body,” Parsons said.
For the whole group, WHOOP revealed some useful trends that Tinman Elite is applying to optimize performance.
They train at high altitudes in Boulder, Colo., And have noticed that their heart rate variability increases and their resting heart rate decreases when they go to sea level for training or for a swim. race. Both are signs of better recovery. On the other hand, a return to altitude brings a period of adjustment with more sleep interruptions and worse recovery for the first few days, which you can follow with WHOOP.
As the group prepares for the Olympics, they know that small margins can make a difference on the biggest stages in sport.
“There isn’t a single day, there isn’t a single magical workout that will make you a professional runner or your career,” said Parsons.
“Day after day, it’s consistency and hard work. And in order to be able to work hard day in and day out, I had to be able to not only be healthy, but also feel good. And WHOOP allowed me to make sure that I felt really good. And assured me that I was ready to push. And it’s that push that I needed to not only know that, hey, I’m healthy, but hey, you’re ready.
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