Thanks for your response. I'm fascinated with the idea of trying HRV readings as another tool.Obie the FitBit definitely won’t be sufficient for HRV measurement. You’ll get poor quality data that will lead you astray. Unless you have sound data to work with, you’re not going to benefit from HRV tracking.
Regarding crashes: You’re not going to be able to prevent every crash. There are too many variables that you can’t control, that can send you spiralling downwards. However, I definitely crash less since I’ve been using HRV tracking, and often when I do crash I can say ‘Well you could see this coming, but you didn’t act soon enough’.
The other factor is that I am running a myriad of experiments on individual factors, and now have good data I can use to help me turn around bad numbers. (This is all coming in a future blog). For example: if my HF (parasympathetic) numbers are low when I take my waking measurements, I will plan my day around that. I will do up a plan adding in factors that my data has shown helps me to increase my HF (such as Mestinon). If my LF/HF is high I will add in factors that help lower it (such as Weil breathing). Working like this gives you a lot of control.
I am confused because I went on the Wahoo website and read the reviews which were contradictory. One person said they got accurate HRV readings and another said they didn't. How do you tell if a chest strap is giving you accurate HRV readings, other than taking someone's word on a review or blog? Karmin, I am not doubting you, I'm just trying to ascertain how you figured which ones were accurate. I guess since you feel that you are getting useful information from the Wahool that correlates with how you are feeling, that may be one way.
You also mentioned that the Polar H7 didn't work well because you had a small frame. How small? I am 5'3" and 123 lbs. I used to consider myself medium sized , but these days even my teen granddaughters are taller and weigh more than I do as is my daughter.