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September 18, 2018

The WHOOP Data of a World Champion

Earlier this month, 22-year-old Kate Courtney won the cross-country mountain bike world championships in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. Courtney, the youngest competitor in the field, was also the first American women to take home the title in 17 years.

For those who aren’t familiar with professional mountain bike racing, here’s a first-person glimpse via Courtney’s Instagram of the kind of riding it often entails:

A Stanford University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in human biology, Courtney grew up in Marin County, California, the birthplace of mountain biking. For the next year, she’ll have the honor of wearing the world champion rainbow jersey.

Prior to capturing the world title in just her first full season of elite racing, Courtney spent much of 2018 optimizing her training with WHOOP.

“WHOOP was a huge part of helping me manage an insane training load this season and arrive at worlds ready to go,” Courtney told us.

Below is a three-month chart of her daily recovery, culminating with a 96% on the morning of the world championships (Saturday, September 8):

Notice the distinct lack of red from late-July on. Courtney cites meditation as a huge factor in improving her sleep and recovery.

Take a look at the downward trend in her resting heart rate over the month leading up to her victory:

Courtney’s HRV also peaked at a personal-best, 188, on the day of the race. Her body was primed for an epic performance, which clearly she delivered.


Feature image photo credit: Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool


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Mark Van Deusen

Mark Van Deusen is the Copy Manager at WHOOP. Before joining WHOOP, Mark served as the Managing Editor and Head Writer for CelticsLife.com. He was also a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and a contributor at Yahoo Sports. A former tennis coach, Mark graduated from the University of Richmond with a degree in Sociology and Leadership Studies.