Rugby PREseason Training Plan

We started rugby season and inaugurated new life!

This summer has been a summer of changes: new work, very high temperatures, I have not been able to use the FreeStyleLibre because of the high temperatures and the work done … and we ended it with a move to Ireland (rain country, but, above all, Rugby paradise).

As is natural due to my work and the high summer temperatures of Mallorca I have not had time to train. And It has been noticed at the time of getting in shape to start the new rugby season.

Let’s start with a short introduction of how Rugby lives in Ireland. In this country children grew up playing rugby, the schools have rugby teams and in the parks the goals are Hs of rugby. That means, the atmosphere of rugby is breathed as in Spain football.

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Due to all this, I could not pretend to present myself to the first training session with a bad physical tone, since the level here is high and they would have been preparing for the preseason since August. So, with a margin of a month and a half for the first training, I decided to put my batteries and perform my own preseason training plan.

  1. Volume training
    The first thing is to start giving volume to our workouts. That means, more exercise time instead of intensity. We started running about 40min at a gentle pace (6min / km). Our goal is to be running at 5min/km at the end of the first month. It must be said that running has never been my greatest virtue neither my favorite sport. My 80kg of weight and 1.68m high indicate that I am not the fastest in the world.So, 2 days a week of continuous running is fine. But we should include some HIIT to strengthen the muscles. For this I joined forces with a rugby partner, to ensure the motivation factor.

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  2. HIIT training
    We structure the training with 20 minutes of warm-up + 20 minutes of routine HIIT + 10 minutes of stretching.
    HIIT routines consist of 5 self-loading exercises of 40sec with 20sec of rest. Doing 4 repetitions gives us a total of 20 minutes of work and we design the routines according to the muscle group we want to work on that day. Our goal was to increase the working time by decreasing the rest time.

So, we tackled the third week and the running sessions went well. With some help we could go down to 5min / km during 40min of running session. Now, the goal is to lower this time and to be able to run for an hour. In addition, we decided to incorporate some slopes to the route to avoid monotony and to increase the intensity of the training.

Since we progressed in the training plan we decided to incorporate some runs on the sand in the HIIT routines. This gives us the proper physical background to increase the continuous running time.

All this does not mean that our physical form is going to give a spectacular change and lie in only a month and a half of work. But yes, it will allow us to reach the start of the season with a good physical tone and to reach adequate bases to withstand 1h training without difficulties.

In addition, we must remember that, although at the end of the summer our physical preparation is affected by changes in routine, lack of training, etc. (which is normal); The body of a regularly trained person has “muscle memory”. Therefore, we will notice how the progress will be remarkable and in a matter of a short time we will feel prepared and eager to tackle, run and fight to win over our rival!

I shared with you the pre-season training plan that I have followed, since this year I had to do it on my own. If you are in a club, it is best to follow the instructions of your coach or physical trainer. But, if you have any questions or need help in this regard, do not hesitate to write us. We will be happy to help you make your own training plan. Either to improve physical condition, in general, gain strength or work a muscle group.

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Comparativa insulinas Tresiba Vs Lantus

¡Hola amigos! Después de casi un año con la insulina de acción lenta Tresiba, se nos ocurrió realizar una comparativa con la insulina que usaba anteriormente (Lantus), para poder comprobar las diferencias nocturnas entre ambas insulinas.

Gracias al sistema de medición Freestyle Libre, dispongo de mucha más información detallada sobre el comportamiento de mi glucosa a lo largo del día. También es cierto que a veces resulta abrumadora tanta información y no siempre somos capaces de interpretarla correctamente. Pero allá van nuestros valores:

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Como sabéis, estas gráficas son muy difíciles de valorar debido a la cantidad de variables que afectan a nuestra glucemia: como lo que haya comido durante el día, la cantidad de insulina rápida que me haya inyectado antes de ir a dormir, el tipo de deporte que haya practicado durante la tarde, etc.

Por eso, hemos escogido los valores de dos días en los que estas variables fueran prácticamente iguales (una cena ligera en HDC y 4 dosis de insulina rápida antes de ir a dormir).

Como podemos apreciar el efecto de la Tresiba es mucho más continuado a lo largo de la noche que el de la Lantus, lo cual es una de las principales características de dicha insulina. A mi parecer no hay punto de comparación entre unas gráficas y otras.

  • En la gráfica del 18 de mayo podemos apreciar como la insulina Lantus me provoca una hipoglucemia nocturna y acabo despertándome con valores de 156 MG/DL. Esta gráfica es la clara descripción de como funciona la insulina Lantus.
  • Con la insulina Tresiba, en cambio, aunque tenga una glucemia alta durante gran parte de la noche se mantiene mucho más estable sin llegar a provocar una hipoglucemia.
Controles Día 12/05 Día 10/05 Día 16/05 Día 18/05
Nocturno 175 mg/dl 106 mg/dl 187 mg/dl 119 mg/dl
Despertar 138 mg/dl 103 mg/dl 230 mg/dl 156 mg/dl

Como conclusión puedo decir que, una vez acostumbrado a la insulina Tresiba ahora ya no volvería a usar la insulina Lantus. Al principio me costó acostumbrarme a ella, debido a que necesito más insulina rápida por la noche y con la Lantus sabía que un mal cálculo derivaba en una hipoglucemia nocturna. Por tanto al principio, siempre me ponía de menos y me levantaba con valores muy altos.

Pero con Tresiba ya no tengo tanta preocupación y he de decir que muy raras veces he vuelto a sufrir una hipoglucemia nocturna con esta insulina.

Con todo esto, cabe recordar que cada persona es diferente y reacciona de manera distinta a los tipos de insulina.

Os animamos a que nos contéis vuestra experiencia con las insulinas de actuación lenta. ¿Cuál usáis? ¿Habéis probado las dos que comentamos? ¿Cuál preferís y por qué? ¿Coincidís con nuestra valoración? A ver si entre todos conseguimos aprender más 😉

¡Animo suerte y siempre positivo!