Training Diaries

 

Tip – Keep a detailed training diary

One of the best things you can do to easily improve your training is to keep a detailed training diary or log.

Always be honest about your training when writing your training diary. Don’t make your performance seem any better on paper than it is in reality – you will only be cheating yourself – But don’t be unnecessarily critical of yourself either.

The point to keeping a log is to have a genuine, accurate and honest record of your training. This is the only way you can judge if you are improving. It is also vital as a diagnostic tool for detecting and preventing risks of injury, assessing relative developments to balance differing components such as strength, speed and endurance etc.

Over time, a detailed training log will prove invaluable. You may be able to remember exactly what you did during your last training session, but what about seven weeks ago? This time last year? How did you prepare for your last but one race? What did you lift during squats three months ago? What worked then, and what didn’t? A training diary can help you answer all of these questions and more – as well as keeping you motivated and clearly focused on your training.

Just writing a training log is not itself enough. Try and plan to reread your entries on a regular basis – at least once a month. You may be amazed at what you find.

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