The benefits of recording your training:
- You can monitor progress against your planned sessions (Time,Distance and Intensity)
- You can gain assurance of the work you’ve done leading up to a goal race.
- You can monitor why your mood or performance (if its suffering it can be a clue for overtraining)
- Helps you to plan the future sessions to be progressive on volume, time or intensity vs the previous sessions.
- You can compare distance week on week to make sure your training load is substantial
- You can compare years volume vs previous years and compare performance
- If your training for multiple sports it shows an indication of the balance of your week and if you over or under training in a particular discipline.
- You can review at the end of the year, month or training cycle
My 2016 Training in a nutshell:
- 1,047 Km running (149 hrs)
- 1,043 Km bike (52hrs)
- 166 Km swimming (44hrs)
- 47 Hours of strength and conditioning
- 116 days rest
- 250 days training
- 7 races Completed
Lessons I Learnt in 2016
- Keeping training consistent delivers the best results (Jan-March)
- Training for swimming and cycling is the most time consuming
- Running training is easiest session to be compliant.
- Not having a competition to aim for or a race goal, affects motivation and consistency.
- Winter Months tend to focus more on running and strength
- Cycling is my most inconsistent discipline (time)
- Swimming is my least trained discipline
- Training while having a child makes it hard to stick to a plan
- I have more rest days than I expected
- I don’t need as many rest days as I take
- I didn’t have a clear goal throughout the year a specific training cycle to support this.
- Very consistent on training camps (July) and its a good way to build on your fitness in a short space of time.
My 2016 Training Record
Changes to 2017
- Have a clear race goal every 12-16 weeks
- Plan the training around this goal
- Have recovery weeks planned every 4-5 weeks in a training cycle
- Schedule less ‘rest days’ but more easy weeks
- Train for single sport outside of triathlon season
- Utilise the winter months for running
- Don’t neglect endurance training for strength training (like October/Nov)
- Keep training under an hour if family demands more of you.
- Plan a training camp pre season rather than mid season (Feb vs July)
- Focus on building base endurance in the pre season
- Swim at least once per week during winter (Wednesday)
- Increase swimming when the lake opens 2-3 Times week
- Ride every weekend (more time) consider a ride commute in summer
- Long Runs on the weekend (more time)
- Run during the week (easiest to commit to)
- Continue with Strength Training Monday/Friday