Q: How long have you been using your Oura Ring?
A: “I’ve been using my Oura Ring since 2019. I started using it to track my sleep and to start learning about myself and my recovery. I was really just trying to increase my knowledge in terms of what I was doing outside of the pool, and try to improve how I was looking at my recovery. Yes, there’s a lot of hard work in the pool, but all of the things that you do in the other hours of the day really have an impact on how you’re training and, ultimately, how you’re going to compete.”
Q: Why Oura?
A: “At the time, I was really just looking for an easy way to start learning about myself and my recovery. I wanted to see if there were any insights that I could gain from using the ring. And I definitely found it very valuable right from the beginning. Now, I check it in the morning every day when I wake up.”
Q: What part of your Oura data do you look at the most?
A: “I like to look at the trends the most. How my heart rate trended over the last week of training or my heart rate variability. I check for any major changes on a day-to-day basis. So, if something has spiked one way or the other, that’s potentially a red flag and something to note.
I’m very fascinated by it all, especially when it comes to my training and my competitions. Just to see how my body is recovering, how I’m handling the stress, and the sleep that I get at competitions is really interesting. It’s also cool to look back and see how I was recovering during the Olympics or the World Championships.”
Q: Besides training, what is most important to your performance levels?
A: “For me, it’s all about trying to find that balance and find what impacts my sleep. So sometimes on Sundays, on my recovery day, I feel like relaxing. So I stay inside a bit too much. How does that help or hurt my sleep? I’ve been able to play around with that a little bit, and learn about myself and how I recover.”
Q: Any final words or tips for the Oura Community?
A: “Again, find your balance. Don’t just be just focused on one thing. Whether that’s swimming, another sport, or one activity, finding a balance between your school or job and your personal life will allow you to succeed.
I’ve learned so much in both school and swimming, but most importantly, I’ve learned a lot through doing both at the same time. Being able to learn time management and being able to learn the skills required to compete at the highest level while going to school— I feel that balance has helped lead to my success.”