So many numbers and values! It doesn’t matter if you are a hobby athlete or an ambitious amateur. It is important that you can analyze all the values, that you measure and record in combination.
The pulse alone is a good starting point for the analysis of your body functions. However in combination with other parameters, for example the body temperature or heart rate variability, you’ll be able to make better conclusions about your current performance.
The heart rate is also dependent on factors that we can not record. Stress or even muscle soreness can influence it. If you train too much in too little time, a medium to long term negative effect to your heart rate variability could be a result. Your body will be tired and slow. It is becoming increasingly difficult to get to your ‘operating temperature’.
What exactly should you do?
Three vital parameters can help you to control your training effectively. You should start with the pulse and body temperature measurement, to be able to answer the following questions:
Do I exercise in the planned pulse range?
Do I improve my health if I am going to train now?
Am I overheated and do I need to cool my body?
Does my temperature regulation function, both indoors and outdoors?
If you have the opportunity to measure the heart rate variability, then do it. So you can check whether your heart is able to adapt to changing stress situations or not.
With these data points, you or your coach will be able to organize your training plan for the next few days and weeks.
In this sense, Run, Measure and Decide!