Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Outsourcing Intent?

Josh Leeger commented on a case study he did with himself measuring HRV using both the Ithlete and BioForce app. Seeing some potential limitations, Josh raises some interesting questions.

Using heart rate variability to measure recovery from exercise…or not
Using heart rate variability to measure recovery from exercise…or not? Part 2

Josh also sent me the following:

Signs of overload after an intense training
"The lack of effects in biomarkers together with the changes observed in psychological assessment indicates that an intensified training can produce psychological disturbances prone to early overreaching developement."

It makes me question, does, or can, the quantification of certain biomarkers trump personally perceived psycho-physiological states? It probably depends on the athlete's level of awareness... but also things like a burning desire to train/compete, and a love for sport, and training: the process... or hate for it all.

I am not sure "outsourcing" an athlete's physiology can ever equal being, well... one with one's self.  A questionnaire, or possibly an open, candid conversation with the athlete and coach... trust can go a long way.

Just as a metric from a machine might suggest not training, an athlete's personal decision based off a questionnaire or an athlete not 'feeling' it decides not to train, however the coach challenges the athlete to go forward with training... and goes on to great performances and medals: learning how to, at times, suck it up. One will never know if that was the right decision to train that day (those days) or not.

A great athlete/coach relationship is something very sacred: a wise coach, an athlete(s) with full awareness and a raging will is something to behold.

"You got to pull on that bar like you're ripping the head off of a goddamn lion" -Donny Shankle.

I doubt on those days, Glenn Pendlay says, "No Donny, you're not training today."