World Champion Athlete Data
How does an elite athlete recover on a low intensity day? Do they self report accurately? What can executives learn?

We are sharing a small sample of data from one of the ex-world champion athletes on PQ's database. In this instance, we are sharing 24 hours of HRV measurements and self-reported diaries. The period covered was a low intensity, Recovery day. This is analogous to an executive's weekend. The athlete was preparing for a much more intense training period in the following few days.

PQ HRV Octagon
PQ HRV Octagon

The PQ Octagons show us some  clear messages for executives to consider:

1. The athlete is very accurate in self-reporting. The data from the daily Diary is mirrored closely by the HRV-measured scores across all 8 PQ Parameters. This is a learned skill that is rooted in a practised understanding of what different heart rate levels feel like.

2. The PQ Octagons have a shape that reflects very high PQ Recovery and  PQ Capacity levels. The purpose of the low-intensity day is being delivered by the athlete's physiological response. Additionally, the PQ Performance scores are all low, indicating reduced average General and Peak Stress levels and limited load from Activity Strain. This athlete is building reserves and will have full resources to train hard next week.

3. By comparison we find executives to be between 25-40% inaccurate in their self-reporting when compared to HRV measurement. Simply put, they are trying to self-manage from the wrong baselines. This leads to poor decision-making regarding the need for Recovery, in particular.

Another way of visualising this information is to show the 3 PQ Dimensions as gauges from the 3Q Total Performance Platform.

PQ Dimensions

This tells us that:

1. PQ Capacity. The athlete is carrying insignificant Accumulated Stress from the previous day and has fully recharged their energy levels.

2. PQ Performance. Generally, low levels of Stress are recorded. Interestingly, the athlete perceives less Stress than HRV-recorded because their peak level of performance Stress (a 10) feels so much more than the level experienced on a low-intensity day.

3. PQ Recovery. This is a Recovery Day and that is what this elite athlete has prioritised to generate the maximum output when intensity is increased in the following days.

The opportunity for executives to self-manage with accuracy and discipline towards performance peaks is available. The gap that separates their approach today from that of gold medalists and world champions is still very wide.

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