The lucky winners
We have raffled off 5 marathon care packages as part of a sweepstakes. The 5 lucky winners are:
- Tobias Hinterdorfer
- Matthias Leitner
- Frank Ortler
- Christian Mayr
- Stefan Rauchenzauner
The first appointment with our scientific director Mag. Bernhard Schimpl has already taken place. This means that the first performance tests have been carried out and the training plans have been drawn up. Enclosed are the photos of our lucky winners, who will keep us informed about their training successes.
The first experiences with the Vitalmonitor
In our first article, we introduced you to our winners. Now it's the turn of the participants to report on their first experiences. How the training is going, how well they like the Vitalmonitor and much more:
I received the Vitalmonitor 2 weeks ago and - since I unfortunately could not (yet) personally go to Linz to Berny Schimpl from sport in motion - I read myself in right away. The operation of the device is really simple. Actually, you only need the chest strap and the cell phone. So far, I have only had to charge the belt at the start. I get along very well with the morning measurements. My wake-up time has simply shifted forward by 5 minutes, belt and cell phone are ready and so I use the time of the measurement (morning measurement 3 minutes) to slowly wake up. Not bad either.
After a few days, in which the Vitalmonitor as indicated first adjusts to the user, the measurement results became increasingly clear and understandable for me. Despite intensive training in the last week (13.5 h - running, cross-country skiing, ergometer and gym) my recovery so far is very satisfactory. Even the most demanding session on Friday (3km run in, 12x 500m in 01:40 with 500m trot in between, 3km run out) I was able to cope well. After this training I "managed" only a regeneration value of 19%. The next morning was with 91% but all good again ;-)
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I also the simultaneous measurement of the resting pulse. Until now, I was always too lazy to determine this in the morning. The values are also here beautifully constant between 39 and 42. I am still very curious about the "HRV" values, or their significance. I'll have to ask Berny Schimpl about that soon.
More difficult for me are the daily measurements, which can be taken before and after exercise. These take 3 minutes, but the postmeasurement should be done as soon as possible after the end of the workout. I manage this only very badly, because I already work again after the midday training and do not come here at any time to measure. But fortunately, the morning measurement is anyway the more important. :)
Anyway, thanks to this possibility of Vitalmonitor, the preparation for the Linz Marathon is already very exciting. Even though there are still 12 weeks until day X.
Shortly before the end of the year, I completed my lactate test with Bernhard Schimpl in Linz and, equipped with my first training plan and the vital monitor, I went home. Unfortunately, one day before the appointment in Linz I suffered an Achilles tendon injury. Since 3 weeks I am limping around. Nevertheless, I try to fulfill the requirements of the training plan. Here the vital monitor shows me very clearly how strenuous my training is, due to my "unround" running style. 15 minutes after the end of the training I do a control measurement (daily measurement). Immediately after the end of the measurement you get the evaluation of the ECG readings with the Vitalmonitor.
It is also very clear to see how far the body has recovered the next morning at the morning measurement (regeneration status). The calculated training recommendation helps me to prepare my next run. The combination of the professional training plan and the Vitalmonitor is a huge enrichment for my marathon training. Now I hope that I will soon be running injury-free again. My first competition is in the middle of March and there is still some time until the Linz Marathon. The Vitalmonior will give me a lot of data and help me to be fit and well prepared for the start in Linz in April. Until then, many training runs, training recommendations and ECG measurements are necessary about which I may report here.
I met with Bernhard Schimpl at the beginning of the year and did a lactate test and clarified the goal "half marathon". After the test, I also received the Vitalmonitor + a small training from him. The function of the monitor is very simple: download the app and turn on the Vitalmonitor. Then start the measurement and after about 180 seconds you already have your result.In the beginning, I was still unsure whether the Vitalmonitor can actually check my condition or not. With my fixed training plan, I have now clearly noticed what effect my daily condition has on my training and the values actually reflect my physical condition. I can already clearly see in my training that my basic endurance has improved and I have also become a bit faster. However, I still have a lot of training ahead of me until the competition...
For 2 weeks I now own an ECG meter from Pulse7. On 29.12.14 there was the first introduction to the device, now after 2 weeks I can already say that the twice in one day measurement is no problem and is very easily accommodated in everyday life.
Now for training:
After the lactate test was performed, Bernhard Schimpl then created my personal training plan on the same day, my target time for the marathon was set at 3h 45min, so nothing stood in the way of my running training. In the meantime I already completed about 100km running and can say that I am quite challenged, but with the daily measurement the loads are very well controllable. Finally, I would like to say that it will not be a walk but I am really looking forward to my first marathon.
Since the Vitalmonitor needs some time to adjust to the user, here is my first short report after two weeks of use. Berny has changed my running training as follows: Since October I have done 5 running sessions per week. 4 units (3x6-10km, 1x18-21km) with extensive basic endurance (GA ext) and one interval unit (I ext - I int) with 6-8x1000m. Berny has brought in much more variance here. 1x long endurance run at recovery pace (120-150min) 2x GA ext run (60-80min) once of which was inverse coupled training followed by cycling at GA 1 (1h), 1x tempo endurance run (6-8km) and 1x intense interval training (10x500m I int).
In addition, there are currently 2 ergometer units on the schedule (1x1h reg, 1x5min intervals at FTP-VO2max) and 2 swimming units. A third swimming unit and strength training I can divide as I wish (depending on the time budget). Since I was at home a lot during the Christmas vacations, I let the training slide a bit for my circumstances. Basically, I can say that Berny's training plan is demanding but not too demanding. In the meantime, the vital monitor has adjusted properly and shows realistic values. Last week I had a slump on Wed-Thu, which was announced by the vital monitor:
Also, a training-induced drop as well as the subsequent recovery is already clearly indicated (see 27km running training).