Microsoft Band 2 Blog: Stage 3

Stage 3 presented by Breakaway from Cancer – Tuesday, May 17, 2016
By: Ryan Ung

Thousand Oaks > Santa Barbara County (Gibraltar Road)

  • Distance: 104.1 racing miles
  • Winning Time: 4:36:59 (22.5 mph)
  • Max Speed: 51 mph
  • UV Exposure: 4h 10m

Sleep is an important part of life responsible for muscle rejuvenation, mental release, and balance of the body’s processes. In the cycling world, all the training you do will have a reduced benefit if you’re not able to recover and stay healthy.

After the first two days of the 2016 Amgen Tour of California we tracked the sleep of two riders: #157 Travis McCabe of Holowesko | Citadel presented by Hincapie Sportswear Team and David Lozano of Team Novo Nordisk before the big summit finish on Stage 3 in Santa Barbara County. Both riders showed similar patterns of going to bed around 10:00 PM and waking up around 7:00 AM for a total of 9 hours of “sleep.”

Travis McCabe’s sleep Travis McCabe’s sleep before the Queen Stage

When we talk about sleep, we often use basic judgment about whether our sleep was “good” or “bad” but with the Microsoft Band 2, we’re able to apply some comparable metrics to judge sleep quality. The device uses motion sensors to determine sleep restfulness and calculate an overall efficiency. The sensors are useful because they can tell an athlete approximately how long it takes to fall asleep. Athletes are goal oriented so it turns falling asleep into a competition – how fast can you pass out?

Throughout the night the Band measures the normal patterns of the sleep cycle from light to deep. One of the most practical features is the Smart Alarm that wakes you up during a specific time window when you are in the lightest sleep – the idea behind this is that you’ll wake up less groggy if you’re not interrupted during your deep sleep.

David Lozano’s sleep David Lozano’s sleep before the Queen Stage (9 hours of bed time, 7h 54m of actual sleep time)

Key Points:

  • Cyclists go to bed early and sleep more than the average office worker
  • It’s normal to experience cycles of light and deep sleep each night
  • A highly trained athlete such as a professional cyclist has a very low heart rate while sleeping, 40 beats per minute!