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Hey Megan…

What Makes You Tick?

Within the last decade Roller Derby has exploded around the US, and during that time the sport as done a complete 180. In the early days, Derby was about skating as fast as you could and hitting as hard as possible. As the sport grew and matured so did the skaters. Today, Derby is a serious competition that requires extensive training both on and off skates. The TICKR X memory feature allows me to track my heart rate and calories burned while on the track and during my cross training sessions off skates. I’m able to use the double tap feature to mark where certain drills begin and end. At the end of practice, I review that data in my workout summary, and I’m able to see where I could have pushed myself harder and during which drills my heart rate maxed out. It’s made me a much better player and more fit in general!

Megan

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Hey Michelle…

What Makes You Tick?

The TICKR X is great for many activities, and we can’t forget running. It tracks not only my heart rate and calories, but also my cadence and other running form metrics. I can see if I’m pushing myself too hard or not hard enough during a run by looking at my heart rate – which appears on my phone and/or my GPS watch if I want to run phone-free. If I run with my phone, I can see my cadence, ground contact time, vertical oscillation, and my running smoothness, all of which tell me if I’m running efficiently. The TICKR X is a great companion for all of those Turkey Trots coming up next week – you’ll know exactly how many extra calories you’ve burned and if you can have that extra slice of pumpkin pie. P.S. Kids like to wear the TICKR X too and show off that they can get their heart rate higher than you can – there’s at least some truth to 220-age!

Michelle

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Hey Kevin…

What Makes You Tick?

Tracking heart rate and calories burned during my tennis matches has always been difficult because of the limited range of Bluetooth technology. The TICKR X’s memory feature has finally solved this problem. Before each match, I put on the X, and leave my phone in the tennis bag. The X records and stores my heart rate and calories burned during the entire match. At the end of each set, I use the double tap feature on the X to create a marker to designate set breaks. After the workout, the Wahoo app provides a simple, straightforward analysis of how my body performed while on the court. Heart rate data is graphed over time, and I can see exactly when my body was pushed to the limits. I’ve noticed my heart rate slowly rises throughout the duration of the match, and is particularly taxed in the last set. In response, I’ve worked to improve my conditioning off the court with longer runs to build up my cardio endurance.

Kevin

 

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Mike’s Project Power – Week 6

“The body is starting to respond to the KICKR”

 

I’ll admit it, I started out a bit too strong. Going from 0 to 4 workouts per week was too ambitious. The first weeks were torture and I could barely finish the workouts, work got in the way, excuse excuse, excuse, blah blah blah. Fast forward to last night.

Last night I had an hour after the kids went to bed and jumped on the trainer. I had 4 trainer or outdoor bike rides in 10 days and was starting to feel better about myself. The workouts were magically beginning to string themselves together and my body got used to exercising again. Isn’t there an old adage about this – success begets success?

The Trainer Road FIN workout that was crushing 4 weeks ago was now easier (I guess I need to re-do my FTP test). I accomplished the workout with no issues and felt strong – but tested – the entire time. There were no grunts, no thoughts of quitting, or “gosh this sucks worse than my annual physical”. Even though I am on the Bike / KICKR only 2-3 times per week on average, I feel stronger and much more at ease during riding. Heck, last night I jumped off the trainer and worked for a few more hours cleaning up email and cooking meals for the rest of the week – I wasn’t fatigued at all.

First shot at FIN…quit after 28 min

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Second shot at FIN…crushed it!

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What a difference a few weeks makes!

The best part? I jumped on the scale today. I am down from 189 lbs from the start of the project to 184.5 lbs. I forgot how awesome cycling is for losing weight. Spending 3-4 hours a week in the fat burning zone really is magic. I am hungry all of the time yet my weight is down and my belt is feeling bigger. This is the biggest motivator for hitting the trainer again and again – looking good in spandex aka not having wife point at me and laugh!

During my next blog, I will do an in depth look at my trainer set up. While having Trainer Road on my Macbook pro is awesome and easy, I am really looking forward to having it on my iPhone.

WEEK FIVE
Fitness level: starting to see a glimmer of light on the horizon
Feel: workouts are easier, I am not dreading them anymore.
Weight: 184.5
FTP: 210 (last tested Aug 11 but need to retest)
Watts per KG: 2.51
My Strava account.

Hey Mackenzie…

What Makes You Tick?

Mackenzie, Marketing

One of the main tenants of CrossFit is measurable and repeatable workouts. We often do everything “for time” or “for heaviest load” in order to see improvement over an extended period of time. By training with the TICKR X and using the double-tap feature, I’m able to mark my workout start at the 3, 2, 1, GO countdown and mark the end when “Time!” is yelled. The double tap can also be used to mark laps for our interval style workouts. Ultimately giving me a precise, quantitative measurement of my performance.

The BEST thing though is that I have a super accurate account of how many calories burned from warm-up all the way to cool-down. Nutrition is 80% of fitness. By knowing how many calories I burned, I’m better able to refuel and recover for the next day’s training.

Mackenzie

 

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