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Ultimate endurance sports such as IRONMAN™ events demand extensive preparation. How do you plan and manage your training load? How do you ensure you are getting the most from every session? How do you ensure you peak before events?

To achieve your full potential you need to know when you should be training and when you should be resting.

"The key to improving is progression, overload and recovery. Use all three forms of training to maximize your training and racing potential. Recovery is not an excuse; it is a necessity." Dave Scott, Six-time Ironman TM World Champion

Overtraining frequently results in injury, illness and diminishing performance. Measurement and monitoring of recovery will enable triathletes to train smarter, preventing overtraining. The body can endure just so much continual physical stress before it begins to breakdown, leading to frequent colds, coughs, and increased risk of complications such as joint and muscle injuries.

Triathlon Training = Workout + Recovery

Many triathletes measure workouts precisely in speed run, distance cycled or hours swum but recovery only in subjective measurements such as feelings of tiredness. Only the best measure their recovery effectively, with tools such as ithlete.

So How Do You Know When to Train and When to Rest?

Triathletes"There are days I just can't get my HR to the zone I want to be in. This is a sign of not being recovered, and I reschedule the hard workout planned for that day. If you recognize it early, you can usually recover in a day or two."
Karen Smyers, Ironman TM and World Champion

The answer is ithlete, which measures the time gap between your heartbeats when you're resting. Measuring heart rate variability (HRV) with ithlete enables triathletes to determine their training/triathlon readiness. The heart speeds up when you inhale, and slows down when you exhale; the time difference is known as HRV. A healthy, well rested body will produce a wider gap than a stressed out, over trained body.

Measuring HRV with ithlete is not unlike the morning ritual of taking a resting heart rate. Research has shown that measuring and tracking HRV presents a more precise picture of your overall health, to determine fatigue, overtraining or approaching illness.

ithlete Guide to Training with HRVUnderstand more about over-training and training with heart rate variability.
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Convenient, Informative, Inexpensive: ithlete

Previously used solely by a small group of elite athletes and their coaches HRV was time consuming, expensive and difficult to track. Until now; ithlete makes measuring and tracking HRV convenient and affordable for triathletes.

User friendly and intuitive ithlete means triathletes can now measure and interpret HRV themselves, and in only 60 seconds. A signal is sent from your chest strap monitor to a small receiver which attaches to your smart phone or tablet.

The app displays a colour coded graph of your HRV score as well as a train/train easy/rest recommendation, enabling you to get the most from your training and avoid injury. A high reading combined with a normal resting pulse is good news - you can train hard that day. A low reading means you should take it easy, providing you with a guilt free rest or lighter intensity day. And while your body is in recovery mode, your muscles are busy getting stronger.

Triathletes can now record both their training load and any comments to further enhance the meaningful data provided by ithlete. Progress over time is conveniently displayed in both graphical and numerical format by ithlete, enabling triathletes to prepare for events and continue to increase fitness and performance.

All you need to get started today is a compatible chest strap, ithlete receiver and ithlete HRV app; and all for less than the price of a pair of running shoes!


HRV Monthly Chart Explained...

Amber lines occur after intensive workouts and indicate the need for extra rest and recovery. Green lines occur when the body has recovered well. White lines indicate normal HRV levels. Blue lines show the overall trend and moves upwards significantly during the final week of this chart, when little exercise was performed.

Today's HRV number is displayed at the top of the screen. Unlike resting pulse, a higher number is better.

The three coloured indicators at the top right show the amount of change in HRV that has occurred over the past day, week and month. The Daily Change is used as a traffic light for training, whereas the week and month indicators show positive or negative trends.

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Buy chest strap and receiver:

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220 Triathlon 10/2010
"Verdict: Great for iPhone number-crunchers wanting training-status data. 85%."
Triathlon Plus Magazine 01/2010
"We liked ithlete's simplicity of use and value for money, making it a great way to train effectively."
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