File that statement under things you can say to a child and to an endurance athlete. We are living in a very special age, the age of incredibly technological growth! From the recent SpaceX launch to the fact we have computers on our wrists and in our hans more than 80% of our daily lives. This luxury comes with a price however.
Let’s pretend to ignore the fact that we struggle to sit in a car at a stoplight or in a waiting room without our tech right in our face. Let’s only look at the impact of tech from the endurance athlete perspective.
– Insight to analytics like never before. Vertical Oscillation, VO2 Max predictors, recovery time, training stress score, cycling pedal stroke analysis, just to name a few
– Integration and auto uploading of our data to many platforms, simultaneously. more data, more accuracy right?
– Immediate feedback on our metrics like pace, recovery time on intervals and power output readings
– Di2 and auto shifting features
– Immediate ability to judge an effort (this could go under pros as well)
– Loss of the art of feeling and listening to our body
– Distraction when it isn’t pairing/dropouts
– Di2 and auto shifting – The batteries need maintaining and it becomes one more thing that can create a distraction
I have highlighted just a few of the good and bad. I believe that everything is good, in moderation, to include technology. I have seen way too many athletes become irritated or frustrated in the past year when the tech doesn’t track, is slow to find gps or just stops in the middle of the set. They seem to become lost and most of the time, unable to continue because, “if it’s not on Strava, did it happen” syndrome.
Speaking of Strava. This is another incredible platform that can be dangerous. If it is used to monitor your progress versus others, this is good and bad. Like everything else, moderation is key.
In the end, the data helps a coach to tailor your plan but I can guarantee you that any good coach can progressively build you to and through your next key event without any of this feedback. You need to ask yourself, is all of this connectivity helping or hurting my training. Be honest with yourself and make adjustments to make sure you are not only getting better, but having fun!
- Coach Jeremy