Here is my week in numbers. As I am getting more proficient with interpreting all the data tracking possible with EliteHRV I have pretty much dialled in the possible factors and can adjust them accordingly on a consistent basis.
The big mistake when tracking HRV is not adding your sleep quality, sleep duration, training zones, mood and nutrition.
These are important not only for recovery, but actually improving your performance. This week I noticed the biggest factor for me was not sleep, but actually nutrition.
If I had a reduction in sleep while still training, as long as I fine tuned my nutrition (rich in antioxidants, nutrient dense, reduced inflammatory foods, hydrated and made sure I got adequate calories in) I was able to swing from yellow to green pretty consistently, as you can see.
Down at Britain's Strongest Woman last week, supporting Villain's own, Yogini Beast and Jo Montgomery, prior to powering through one of the event's after a little banter, I was told in no uncertain terms by Jo, "Details matter Cj".
Indeed they do. When tracking your HRV it's easy to just get hooked on your morning readiness number. But for it to give you any meaningful data that you can use to improve performance and enhance recovery, you want to look at your trends, not just isolated readings.
You need to track other factors (sleep duration, quality, training, hear rate) not just your HRV, because after all, details matter.