Jen Rulon

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!”

Wednesday, May 24 – Tuesday, May 30th

Wednesday had a run and a lift session in the Rulon Racing Pain Cave. Thursday was a long swim and an interval bike. Friday was another long ass run with some intervals and pretty much ROCKED the interval. Drove up to Dallas that day to see U2 in concert. AMAZING and Saturday was my day off, drove home. Sunday, I found out that Dan Empfield from Slowtwitch was going to be in Austin at CapTX doing bike fits and I opted to head up there. My goal was to get on my bike for 3+ hours when I got home from Austin. NOT HAPPENING. I was #TiredAF and ended up sleeping for 90 minutes. Which only enough it showed that I recovered on that Sunday. Nope. Not happening. So, I listen to my body. Didn’t look at The Whoop and rested on Sunday and rocked the long bike on Monday but you can also see that I was not recovering very well. (Friday and Saturday, I took The Whoop off for the concert. I wanted to look like a lady and not an athlete. HA!) Tuesday was an easy run and a lift but dang, I was pretty darn tired.

Wednesday, May 31 – Tuesday, June 6th

Not sure what happened here this week but BAM, I felt good all stinking week. The great thing about the Whoop is that it keeps me accountable with no alcohol, no reading via my phone, iPad before I hit the hay. Computer is off at least an hour before bed. It has helped me a TON for my sleep. Wednesday was a long swim with an interval bike and I was able to split this up within 6 hours of each other. Thursday was an easy run and I was suppose to lift but really wanted to swim instead as I knew I had a long run on Friday. Look at Friday! I had a STELLAR long run on Friday and the recovery was where I needed to be. Saturday was a swim and a lift, which is normally my day off and it shows it on Sunday. I think The Whoop was a bit off as it showed one sleep and two naps. HA! But I opted to push through for the bike and I did really well. Monday, I got some good sleep which helped as I had an easy swim and worked at the pool that day and then today, I was feeling it on the run but pulled back on speed as I knew I needed to recover.

Do I look at the Whoop all the time? No. Should I? Possibly but if I would have adjusted some things then I may be trying to “make up” my workouts.

What does The Whoop keep me accountable with?

  1. Stop drinking the alcohol during the week. Have some on the weekend. You won’t die. CHECK.
  2. Start reading at night. No computer. No phone. No Nibblers and no TV.
  3. How much rest I am really getting, when I get in to bed at 9:50 or 10:50.
  4. Shows me where I am improving via my fitness.
  5. Shows me when I need to recover more. (See the first week)
  6. Shows me calories burned BUT not really looking at calories as this girl just needs to eat.

Yes, I am little obsessed with my Whoop but I truly feel that it has taken my training to another level. Are you interested The Whoop? Check out my other blogs about The Whoop:



AUTHOR: Jen Rulon

I have been coaching triathletes, runners, and cyclists for over 21+ years; I received my Master's Degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science. And as you may have learned, there is more to life than swimming, biking, and running. It is a lifestyle, and I am here to help you cross that finish line with a smile, whether it is an Ironman Triathlon or the Ironman of Life. You can find my knowledge shared in Triathlete Magazine, Runners World, on the TEDx Stage, the Health and Wellness Expo in San Antonio, TX, Southwest Research Institute Human Performance Summit, Training Peaks Workshops, "Self Motivation Strategies for Women" on Amazon, Men's Journal Online, and the New York Times. I also practice what I preach—she's a 15x Ironman Triathlete who participated in the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, on October 14, 2017.

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