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Heart Rate Variability as a rowing recovery guide

rowing boat near a wooden dock with grey skies

I am using a daily monitor app to better understand my need for rowing rest and recovery.

Timestamps

00:30 US Masters Rowing Camp April 2024 includes Rebecca as a coach.

02:30 March 2024 Masters rowing training programs by Faster Masters Rowing

Head race program includes a taper week. The 1k May and June program is for sprint racing. Imposter syndrome in rowing and how to cure it. McGill spine stabilisation big 3 exercises. Technique sequential versus concurrent stroke profiles. Get yourself a program including discount coupon.

06:00 Heart Rate Variability tracking

This tracks the variation between heart beats and is is a good indicator of your state of rest and recovery. How ready are you to do a workout today?

Masters often row on the same rig as they used when younger – clinging onto what we used to do rather than testing and re-measuring your physical state and strength.

09:30 I use HRV4Training app

A daily one minute measure of Rebecca’s recent measurements. This is very individual. Homeostasis – my body’s reaction to stress and the autonomic nerve system to keep the body in balance. Read the HRV4Training blog post

11.00 HRV case study

After getting a very low score and a red warning on HRV4Training. I backed off my training. I was getting a virus – some was normal body stress, and some was post-training stress. It took 3 days before the HRV score came back to the normal range. A clear indication that the invisible virus had enabled me to recover quicker.

12:30 Medical conditions affect heart rate

One community member had an ultra-low heart rate. Another member has “slightly haywire circuitry” in his heart and knows this affects his HRV measurements.

The HRV measurements are taken by putting your forefinger over the camera light on your phone. It takes a week to get enough readings to set a benchmark.

ull disclosure – Faster Masters Rowing is a brand ambassador for HRV4Training.com

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