Training Logs An Athlete’s Best Friend

You have all the latest in lightweight, aerodynamic gear on the market. You think that you are training hard and yet the results aren’t coming as quickly a you would like. Maybe you haven’t reached the times that you were aiming for this year or maybe you just haven’t reached your goal yet; either way there are simple changes that you can make outside of your training to reach your fullest potential.

For many athletes who don’t have the benefit of a coach, they head out for a workout without actually thinking about what type of session they are going to do or what the aim of the session is. This type of  “do as you like, go as you feel” training might work in the short term but for long term performance gains you need structure, in short you need a training log.

Even the most basic of sports training logs can help you train smarter and reach your full potential. By simply recording how far, fast and hard you train you can easily get an overview of your training and plan when you need rest days and recovery sessions.

For most athletes the required data that you should be logging should include distance, time and effort. From these three pieces of data you are able to automatically calculate pace, see improvements over routes and you can also calculate how hard you worked which you compare to every other workout. Too many athletes talk about how long they train and how many hours they put into training however this “effort score” gives you a better comparison of your training.

Regardless of if you are using a basic spreadsheet, a physical log book or an online training log like TrainingPeak or Tri Chimp to record your workouts; just having that data recorded can give you the boost that you need to really reach your goals and target times.