Average? I certainly hope not.
My truck recorded an average speed 40.8km/hr over the last month, I would have guessed it to be higher than that.
I think this can happen alot with amatuer athletes, especially triathletes. By relying on your perception of how hard you have been training, most of us will err on the side of not having trained hard enough. Am I ready for this race? Have I prepared my body physically and mentally for this? That hill is pretty steep, did I train enough on hills?
Utilzing Rate of Perceived Exhaustion (RPE) is great during an individual session for judging how hard you are working. Over the season however, you need a better way to track not only your progress, but your workload as well. This is where a training journal comes in.
In my first year, I would typically review my training right after and see if my route tracked properley, how far I went, what my pace was, and high/average/low heart rate. That was about as far as I took it. Hey, I completed my goals for the year and looked forward to stepping up to a longer distance in the new year. Seemed pretty successful.
After my second season, I came accross several ‘limiters’ that held me back from performing as well as I wanted to. Run speed being at the top of my list. So I decided to design my own training plan with the help of “The Triathlete’s Training Bible” by Joe Friel, hopefully to address these ‘limiters’ for the upcoming season. One of the first tasks in the book is to review you past training logs and determine your yearly workload as a base for your following year. Crap.
Long story short, I came up with a number and will use it for the 2013 race season.
We are now in the digital age, so keeping a journal is super simple. I track my training sessions online at trainingpeaks.com which I can upload direct from my GPS and iPhone. Yes, I am an Apple geek.
Track your monthly and yearly progress, review your training journal often, and test regularly making sure to keep your goals well defined. The fringe benefit, it will keep you healthly as well.
Question: Do you track your training? Any tips to help those that haven’t started?
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