*Read entire Blog on the link in my Bio. @cercacor
Ember by Cercacor
In today’s world, middle-distance runners are running faster than ever before and every competitive edge matters. Most people know that in order to run fast, you need to train hard, but what many people don’t realize is that recovery just as important. When you stress your body and break down your muscles, you need to recover to build back up stronger than before. Living at altitude in Big Bear makes this especially difficult since the amount of oxygen (which is required for recovery) is much lower than at sea level.
That is why Ember, a device developed by Cercacor, has been so key in my success as a middle-distance athlete living at altitude. Ember works by taking instantaneous and non-invasive measurements of biomarkers in the blood using a device that clips on the end of your finger, and displays the results on your phone through the Cercacor app. This makes it extremely easy for me to take quick and accurate measurements that help me make decisions about my training.
The Ember biomarkers that I use most frequently are pulse rate, oxygen saturation, hemoglobin, and PVI (pleth variability index). If my pulse rate is higher than normal, that usually either means I am sick or not fully recovered from the last hard workout I did. I also use pulse rate to test out how different recovery methods affect me. For example, seeing that my pulse rate drops after doing cryotherapy or spending time in the hyperbaric chamber tells me that these recovery techniques really work for me. I use oxygen saturation to know exactly how much time to spend in the hyperbaric chamber. If the value is lower than normal, then I stay in the chamber until it reaches its normal value. My hemoglobin readings have helped me keep an eye on my iron levels. This is especially important at altitude, since the live high train low philosophy, which is the foundation of my training, only works if I have enough iron in my blood. Being able to take multiple reading of my hemoglobin allows me to understand what type of workouts affect me the most.... *Read entire Blog on the link in my Bio.
🎥 VC: @nesrodriguez