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How to calibrate a treadmill
I recently discovered that my treadmill doesn’t report its actual speed. At first, I was disappointed. Then I calibrated the machine and found that it under-reports its speed. Phew! The other day at the gym, I warmed up on a treadmill that I had used many times in the past. The speeds that I set...
Don’t fill the bowl
When I “fill the bowl”, life is too jam-packed. Everything in the bowl competes for space. When the unexpected happens, the important things suffer. The solution? Don’t fill the bowl. — Most mornings, I eat eggs with lentils, bruschetta, and hot sauce. This morning was no different, but all our cereal-size bowls were dirty. I...
Should Whoop change its name to Whoops?
Last month, I started using a Whoop. I hoped that it would guide me toward better recovery. Unfortunately, the Whoop’s activity tracking is too inaccurate and imprecise to be of much use. I sent it back for a refund. The Whoop is a 24-hour activity tracker marketed to athletes. It purports to quantify “strain” and...
Lactate Test #5: Progress
On September 18th, I did my fifth lactate test for the season. As with previous tests, I did both the aerobic and anaerobic portions on the same day with a break and some food in between. In mid-September, I completed my fifth lactate capacity test of the season. The results are promising, showing improvements in...
Comparing Data: Whoop vs. Garmin Fenix 2
This morning was my second workout with a Whoop on my wrist. In both cases, Whoop’s data is inaccurate and grossly overstates the intensity of the workouts. I recorded both sessions with the Whoop and a Garmin Fenix 2 with an HRM-Run chest strap. The workout was a recovery session with an average heart rate...