Welcome! I’ve only had my Whoop for 3 weeks. It’s still calibrating and i’m still figuring it all out, but here’s how I think of them working together:
Sufferfest is the plan. I trust the overall Sufferfest program, and know it represents the “ideal state”.
The Whoop is a data point. It’s a tool to help me “do my plan better”
But sometimes life gets in the way; you work late, there’s a birthday celebration, the kids don’t go to sleep, etc.
Without a Whoop, if I felt like I couldn’t quite handle a session (because I unknowingly didn’t recover well), i’d either push on and strain myself too much, or skip the workout entirely. But with the Whoop, I’m hoping to slowly learn that, say, 40% recovery means I should drop a hard Sufferfest session to 90% intensity. Maybe a 20% recovery (not really recovered) means I should drop the Sufferfest session intensity to 50%.
I remember reading somewhere that if you miss a session, you’re meant to just continue through the program, as the order of everything is quite carefully selected.
Also remember your Whoop is not necessarily accurate. Listen to your body. Whoop might say you’re not recovered, but if it gives you a 30% recovery, you might know yourself well enough that a coffee + midday training session means you’ll be ok. It depends on your goal.
It would be awesome to see these working together; a dynamic plan (coach) that would adjust SUF workouts based on your Whoop scores.
Hope this helps!