Multiple-time Polka Dot Jersey Holder, Toms Skujins, discusses lactate testing, CGMs, ketone strips, and taking his own blood on the side of the road.
If you’re a listener of this show, you understand that nothing can replace hard work if you want to be at your strongest. But that doesn’t stop many of us from keeping an eye on the newest gadgets and tools with the hopes that one or two of them will give us that little bit more; that slight edge that pushes us over the top.
What might surprise you is that is something that we share with even the highest-level professionals. And while many of us imagine a battery of physiologist and coaches precisely tuning their every decision, that’s often not the case. Many pros get their information from the same places as us and just like us, they’re often found stopped on the side of the road struggling with their newest gadget.
That has been the case with today’s guest, a jersey leader at the Tour de France. Toms Skujins is a Latvian rider on the World Tour team Trek-Segafredo. He has worn the Polka Dot Jersey at the Tour de France and won multiple National Championships and one-day races.
Today Toms talks with us about the many tools he’s experimented with over the years including continuous glucose monitors, ketone strips, the CORE Body Temperature Monitor, Oura rings, the Leomo accelerometer, and even conducting lactate tests on himself. Some have given him that extra edge, while others have left him bleeding on the side of the road – literally.
So, let’s dive into a few of these training aids and let’s make you fast!
(Kulawiec, Zhou, Knopp, & Chase, 2021; Thomas, Pretty, Signal, Shaw, & Chase, 2017)
Kulawiec, D. G., Zhou, T., Knopp, J. L., & Chase, J. G. (2021). Continuous glucose monitoring to measure metabolic impact and recovery in sub-elite endurance athletes. Biomedical Signal Processing and Control, 70, 103059. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bspc.2021.103059
Thomas, F., Pretty, C. G., Signal, M., Shaw, G., & Chase, J. G. (2017). Accuracy and performance of continuous glucose monitors in athletes. Biomedical Signal Processing and Control, 32, 124–129. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bspc.2016.08.007