Lov­ing the Log­book

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - TRANSITION -

It stands to rea­son that if one wishes to mea­sure progress, one needs to be dili­gent about log­ging train­ing de­tails and any other rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion. This should be­come a post-train­ing rou­tine. The more de­tails – in­clud­ing heart-rate, wattage, or sim­ply time taken to get from A to B – the bet­ter. Add com­ments about routes, weather con­di­tions, train­ing part­ners and how you felt dur­ing and af­ter the ses­sion.

“I’m al­ways sur­prised at how many peo­ple ne­glect to do this,” says Mad­sen. “Not mak­ing the time to log in­for­ma­tion is a crit­i­cal mis­take. It can lead to sit­u­a­tions where you make the same mis­take twice, un­der­value your own fit­ness, or over­value it. When you log train­ing onto a notepad, or use on­line soft­ware or an Ex­cel file, you end up paint­ing a true pic­ture of what you have just ac­com­plished and where you’re at, not just some foggy mem­ory. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone back and looked over weeks and weeks of train­ing logs be­fore race day in or­der to build con­fi­dence in the work I’ve done. I’ve also used this in­for­ma­tion to fig­ure out why I got sick or in­jured.”

Log­ging your train­ing is the eas­i­est thing you can do to im­prove per­for­mance.

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