One of the hardest parts of keeping fit for kitesurfing is sticking to a consistent fitness regime which is flexible around the wind.
Obviously when it’s windy you want to kite as much as you can, when it blows for a few days in a row this can mean by the time the wind stops you’re exhausted, but when you look at the forecast it looks windy again in a few days time.
So the question is can you fit in that workout at the gym that you had planned or will it leave you broken for your next kiting session?
On the flip side you know that the forecast is often wrong and if you end up missing a training session because you think you’re going to kite and then there’s no wind you’ll be letting your fitness slip.
This makes building up a workout routine very difficult and naturally leads to huge swings between periods of being overtrained and then undertrained which when taken to extremes can be very detrimental to our overall health and fitness.
Enter Heart Rate Variability or HRV.
By measuring the variation in timing between our heart beats it’s possible to tell how recovered we are on any given day and so how ready we are to train again or if we just need to take it easy.
Using this during the kiting season can be a god send as it can give us a great indication of if we can slip in a between session workout or if we’re better off leaving it so we can be at our best on the water.
Over time monitoring your HRV you start to understand your bodies natural rhythms and recovery times. So that after a day of kiting or a workout at the gym you know exactly how much recovery time you’ll need to get yourself back up to full strength. Meaning you can time your workouts much more scientifically, whatever the wind does.
These days there are tonnes of apps that when linked up with a heart rate monitor will give you this info, just do a quick search on the app store for heart rate variability monitors.