"Confine yourself to the present."
This week was a green week.
Now this wasn't due to adjustments in sleep, on average I was getting 7.3 hours. My training was still on point, at 4 training sessions. The time spent training that was recorded is not accurate as I only track warm up and cool down, or sprint intervals. I don't take my HR during weight training / Metcon sessions (unless kettlebell Metcons).
Life stress was still in effect, work too (what with organising the Cracking The Wellness Code event on Oct 1st) so what was it that made the biggest difference?
Again for me it was nutrition. This time is wasn't so much the removal of inflammatory foods as my nutrition is generally on point, but more a case of making sure I hit my macros and exceeded them slightly on intense training days. Spending more time with friends and family seemed to have a more calming effect too.
What I did notice though, was that sometimes how I feel did not correlate to my score. Take a look at the graph and you'll see that there is a day where my sleep was broken and reduced, my mood was (at best) sour, yet I still managed to score a 80+ on my HRV reading.
But its always worth reminding myself that changes caused by sleep, nutrition or stress can take a day or two to show up, and don't always impact the reading in an immediate, simplistic cause and effect way.
This week I plan to get back on a modified Cube Method powerlifting style training, so lets see what that brings.
Note: If you want to learn more about the nuts and bolts of Heart Rate Variability check out blog post, Heart Rate Variability In A Nutshell.