Welcome to my latest video! I have finally managed to focus on a subject close to my heart.
This video is for all women out therebut also for sure for you men – you, too, will be able to take a lot from it to better understand us and if you have female athletes who your're coaching, work better with them and achieve more.
I want in this first video to briefly saywhy I study this subject -menstrual cycle and sport.
With all the prep for this video I realized that there is so material so I'll do a whole series about it.
Because I don't just want to scratch the surface but also go deeper.
And there are so many aspects that are so interestingthat you can look forward to a whole series which will be released step by step.
First, I want to look into the question why I'm doing this video in the first placeand why I'm looking into this subject.
I have realized looking at myselfit is unbelievably difficult for my body to have a good cycleespecially with the training load and frequent stress phases that I have as a Professional athlete I think for a lot of you at home when you have a job and also do performance-oriented sportsit won't be different.
In addition I have noticed that when I put too big a load at the wrong time or something happens that I'm really stressed, bad sleep, bad nutrition, that can amplify my menstrual pain extremely and also lead to irregularities in my cycle.
In addition I can't choose races based on my cycle.
Instead I start at World Championshipswhich are on a fixed date and that's the day I have to perform.
So for example, 2019 on Hawaii I wasexactly in what I call the “critical phase”right before menstruation where usually you're not quite as competitive.
And I noticed that when I push myself hard in training or in a racemy hormones go crazy.
And indeed last year because of the raceI shocked my body so much that I missed one full cycle.
This whole self-experimentmade the issue more important to me.
I have started to track a number of different things and observed myself, tried a few things.
And now I have a lot of experiencethat I'd like to share with you.
In this planned series I want to shed a light on a number of topics, to offer a few suggestionsand have us women be more comfortableto speak openly about this issue.
To include our partner or coach if you have one because when we take our cycle into accountand work with it instead against it we can become more competitive and get more out of our sport.
I will start with a video about the menstrual cycle in general how it's working ideally, which hormones play a role.
Back there I have already prepared somethingto explain things in a simple way.
It's extremely interestingeven if you think you've already heard it.
I think that at least there'll be something to refresh.
Then of course also the issue of why a working cycle is so important in the first place, especially to perform well in sports.
I know that a lot of girls out there are happy when their period disappearsbecause of too much sport.
Because it's so much easier, you don't have to take it into account for races.
So there is a lot to say about itwhy this is an extremely unhealthy assumption.
Next I want to highlight disruptive factorsthat negatively affect our hormones.
I'm confident you'll be surprisedwhat these things arein addition to stress, sport etc.
There are a lot more factors in our environmentthat have a negative impact on our hormonesand muddle up things.
It's also important what you can dowhen your cycle is too long, too shortor currently not existing at all even when you're not yet in menopause.
Next, something I've done a lot in recent years: How are you tracking your cycle, how can you analyze the information you track, and how can you use that for your training and feeling well in general.
Another very interesting subject:How we can impact our cycle with nutrition negatively but also positively.
And what you have to be aware of, especially in regards to sportduring the different cycle phases.
And lastly, well not quite, also how the cycle impacts training.
Also super interesting, that's something I'm still trying a lot of things.
I say that every cycle is differentespecially in a competitive sportand training is always different.
So how can you adjust your training to your cycle.
And finally, I will look at the issue why you don't have a cycle when taking the contraceptive pill.
As you can see, it's a big subject.
And I extremely look forward to the next videos to give you some more insights.
I'm curious about your feedback, please write below if you're looking forward to it as well what additional questions you might have, please share them with all of us.
The more open we deal with this issue, the easier it'll be for others to talk about it.
In that spirit – see you next time!.