The Importance of Prioritizing Sleep As a motivated, goal-oriented individual, your day-to-day life is probably pretty busy. Maybe you are trying to juggle a full-time job and a family while also working toward your personal, professional, and fitness goals. With all of this going on at...

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How often do we hear, “I will sleep when I am dead?” Sleep is crucial for our success, and I am not just talking about triathletes. I am saying that business owners, parents, entrepreneurs, and even kids, need their sleep. As a coach, I tell my athletes: ”Sleep MUST be a part of your routine. It is part of your recovery and your success as an athlete.”

Why? Scientific literature has shown what happens to athletes who are lacking sleep, whether it may be acute sleep deprivation or chronic sleep deprivation. The lack of adequate sleep for athletes can cause many different issues such as:

  • Both aerobic and anaerobic performance can decrease.
  • A decrease in competitive ability.
  • A decrease in their determination or their drive.
  • A decrease in intensity for their training (i.e.: Rather do a 30 min run, than interval work on the track).
  • Negativity toward various aspects of life (training, work, family, etc.).
  • A greater amount of overall fatigue.

We see above what goes on physically and mentally during a lack of adequate sleep. What is going on internally in the body with lack of sleep for an athlete?

I LOVE The Whoop. I do. I would have never have thought to LOVE an object but I do. Why? The Whoop is the SHIT. It keeps my ass accountable as I am trying to have the best year yet.

There are days when you jump into bed at 10:30 pm, you sleep until 6:30 am and you think, “I got 8 hours of sleep.” Think again. The Whoop has taught me that it isn’t so!

The Whoop has come up with some new algothriums that I wanted to share with you from last couple of weeks.
Wednesday, May 17 – Tuesday, May 23

I left for Boston that Friday. So, I had to do my long bike on Thursday before I left. I was pretty tired that Friday am but had time to get on the “dreadmill” at the hotel before the weekend began.  Took Saturday off due to the workshop that I attended too. Ran 9.5 miles on Sunday on the Boston Marathon course. Tried to get up early to run again on Monday. I couldn’t do it. I was beat BUT knew I needed to get something in before I headed back home to San Antonio, as I knew I wouldn’t get anything done that evening. I had time to run on the “dreadmill” again. That Tuesday, I did a 3000 meter swim with an easy bike. I could tell I was exhausted. Look at the 20th – 23rd. I wasn’t recovering. Right! The Whoop also tells me…”Hey DumbAss, you need to recover!”