In my last post, I described how the Masimo MightySat™ works- the numbers it shows you and what those readings can tell you about how your training and recovery are going. Now, I thought I’d share some specific readings I’ve had throughout my Ironman World Championships training block to demonstrate an even clearer picture.
Wattie, my husband, and I drove down to Tucson from Bend, OR on Friday, August 26th. We made the trip over three days to break it up and be able to get some training in over the travel days. Going from Bend to Tucson meant a drop in elevation from about 3800 feet to about 2900 feet where we were staying in Tucson. The temperature shift went from approximately mid to high 70s when we left Bend, to over 100 degrees for at least the first week we were in Tucson. It was blazing! I only mention this information because it definitely affects your body’s ability to train and recover until you are acclimated, which was the whole point of coming to Tucson prior to Kona.
On the first day we arrived to Tucson (Monday, August 29th), I did a swim and an easy spin to try and flush my legs out from the travel. On the next morning, when I woke up around 6am, I rolled over and checked my Masimo MightySat™.
Since I am just waking up, my heart rate is pretty low at 38 Pulse Rate (PR) and my oxygenation is also pretty low at 94. This shows some definite fatigue and probably being tired from the travel, as well as the continued training I kept up while traveling down. The low Sp02 could also be attributed to the heat in Tucson and me not being acclimated. The upper right number is my breathing rate, or the number of breaths I was taking per minute. Again, as I was just waking up, it was pretty relaxed and low. Later this day, I had a run with some efforts but they were short, an easy recovery swim, and then another easy run in the evening, so nothing too intense that I would have necessarily felt this fatigue.
On the next day, Tuesday, August 31st, I woke up, swam a hard 5k swim set, and then checked my Masimo MightySat™:
The above picture shows that my Sp02 was starting to go up a bit, meaning I was getting over the travel days after an easier day prior. My body was also adjusting to the lower altitude in Tucson compared to Bend.
About two weeks into my time in Tucson, on September 7th, I checked my Masimo MightySat™ at 7am:
After taking Wednesday completely off and then an easier day getting back into things, on Friday, September 9th at 5:46 am my pulse rate was back down and my Sp02 was starting to go back up to its more ‘normal’ (for me) numbers:
So far, my examples of my MightySat numbers have always been in the morning. You can use your MightySat throughout the day to also monitor your levels, but its important to know that you should always compare your numbers to numbers at the same time of day, as your body shifts throughout the day. Or that your readings are going to be affected by the training you have throughout the day, so you can look at your readings after similar style workouts to compare. Here are a few examples.
Here, you can see my pulse has dropped back down to its normal and my Sp02 went way up! So your levels are definitely affected by your training/time of day, etc.
This was following one of my hardest V02 sessions on the bike with a very hard run off. This was right after the workout so my Sp02 has dropped significantly and my pulse is pretty high for me.
And finally, a number that I always hope to see…
A 100 for my Sp02! haha. This was following a few easier days after such a hard block of training to prepare for Kona. My Masimo MightySat was confirming for me that my body was absorbing the training and recovering. I was also used to the heat in Tucson and acclimated. My pulse is a bit high here but I think I had just been up walking around and eating…
I hope that providing a few of these numbers gives a little more insight into how you can use your Masimo MightySat! It’s become an integral part of my daily routine and just gives that added confidence to the decisions you make regarding how hard you should push in your sessions or if your body is telling you it needs some rest. Again, let me know if you have any questions and thanks for reading!