I started DeepFit to help athletes optimize their training programs to gain more frequent and meaningful performance breakthroughs. As it turns out, that's not the only thing you can do with your individual DeepFit dashboard, but it's still one of the best uses! Here's how:
- After completing your morning self-report, click through to your dashboard and take a look. See mine here. I usually scroll briefly from top to bottom for a "flip book" effect of trends over the last few weeks.
- Gray, blue or black? The color-coded GDR bar is your overall status for the day. It takes into account all your recent recovery and exertion data, as well as your emotions trend. Gray means go ahead with your plans for the day, but if those plans include a big training session, be conservative in your expectations. Blue means you can set your expectations a little higher. Black means go deep into whatever you do that day, training or recovery, because your body and mind are primed for gains.
- Plan how you want to use your emotions today. There are different philosophies on this. Some of our athletes consciously maintain a very narrow and iceberg-shaped emotional trend by forcing themselves to exclude stressful feelings. I'm impressed if you can do that. I've always been a very emotional athlete, so my trend fluctuates in both thickness and shape almost every week. I simply stay honest with myself about where I am on any given day. If I'm mostly happy, I use happiness as a form of motivation. If I'm mostly stressed, I try to use that stress in a positive way for a couple days. If that doesn't work, I take a couple days off and get myself back into a vigorous state of mind.
- Plan ahead. Your DeepFit dashboard has some predictive capabilities. If you report daily, the dashboard will always show you a window of at least 2-3 days in the future. As of this writing (December 22, 2016), I can see that I'm heading into the gray and carrying some stress. If I were in the middle of a planned over-reaching phase, gray is to be expected. You just roll with it. But I have actually been planning a deep recovery week, so I'd prefer to see blue or black in the days ahead. This tells me I need to really assess what's happening. Where are the stressful emotions coming from? Can I do anything to immediately increase my recovery numbers?
No matter who your coach is or what training program you're on, meaningful performance breakthroughs result from the steady, daily accumulation of well-planned, well-executed sessions. Use your DeepFit dashboard as a tool on that journey!
Questions? Email me anytime.
Next up in this blog series, we'll look at using your dashboard for daily emotional clarity, including how you approach work and relationships (not just sports training).