Figure 1: Overview of Dorian’s sleep profile around race day
Figure 2: Overview of Dorian’s rest heart rate around race day
Figure 3: Overview of Dorian’s stress profile around race day
In hindsight, looking at the data it seems like this really starts showing on the 16th of November as in increase in my stress levels, followed by an increase in heart rate the days after. I only went to the doctor on the 17th or the 18th of November to receive my antibiotics. So you might think I (or Tim) could have acted sooner (on the 16th) and got the antibiotics faster.
In all honesty I don’t know if that would have made any difference but it does show that the data brings us the confirmation that my shape was going down. Tim could have decided to not let me start the race to prevent my shape from going down further. But of course, after months of preparation, I wanted to try my luck even if that wasn’t the right decision as it now took my a look time to get back in shape.
To come back on my personal case, it’s really disappointing to see that the federation only took the qualification race in Roeselare’s into account to make the selection for the European Championship, despite the fact that I really do think I was the best U23 XC athlete in Belgium at that moment.
With the collected data (and a medical certificate), we could easily prove to the federation that I wasn’t in shape the day of the selection race due to a medical condition. In the future, maybe this kind of data could be used to bring proof that could help the federation make decisions with regards to giving wild cards to some athletes. But of course, the federation should then accept to change the selection’s method, which doesn’t seem to be the case at the moment.
Anyway, I’m now training again and my shape is going up since December 2019. Thanks to the collaboration between XAOP and Runners’ lab Athletics Team, and the scientific-based training method of Tim. I hope to get in my best shape at the right time in 2020!
In September 2018, XAOP and Olympic Running Team (ORT) announced the beginning of their two-way collaboration. XAOP supports ORT with insights based on data from Garmin wearable devices. Recently, ORT announced their collaboration with adidas and Runners’ lab thereby changing their name to Runners’ lab Athletics Team.
The main goal is to provide insights on training and recovery metrics of the athletes to Tim Moriau, head coach and manager of Runners’ lab Athletics Team. By using these metrics, Tim is able to adapt the training plans in real time and makes sure that athletes reach their best shape on race day. To this end, Tim receives alerts concerning e.g. abnormal rest heart rates or sleeping patterns.