If you’re looking to get the most out of your personal training, the best things you can do aside from the training itself is be mindful of your performance, and be aware of changes -- good and bad.
Keeping a training diary is the easiest way to do so. Confused about what a bike training diary is?
Curious as to what it should even contain? We’ve got you covered.
Although it may sound strange at first, a training diary is a very impactful way to track your progress, and note any red flags occurring with your training. And hey, if you feel weird calling it a diary, just call it a logbook instead.
The whole point of training is to improve or maintain your fitness levels and performance. This isn’t something you can just simply feel out, or judge off of race times. A training diary gives you insight into what’s been working, and what may need to change.
This isn’t an exhaustive list, but here are some suggestions for core aspects to track and make note of in your training diary.
This includes your resting heart rate prior to the ride, and the heart rate after. By tracking your heart’s activity, you can see how your cardio is improving, and look for red flags, like a resting heart rate that’s 10 bps above what it usually is.
Obvious, but worth emphasizing. The distance, time, and any other notable details of your ride must be included each time.
Your ride’s details are not the only details that matter. The circumstances surrounding your ride matter as well, providing a proper content from which to understand it all.
These details include things like being in a bad or happy mood before or during your ride, if you had a slight headache, cramps, or if you were feeling a little more amped up than usual. These are all worth jotting down so you can understand your ride better when looking back, and how things might have been affected.
If you’ve been getting up more frequently, sleeping late, or waking up earlier, make a note of this. It might be related to your training, and you can trace back to when it started and/or stopped.
Your diet is crucial when training. Tracking your eating habits can give you a better idea as to what foods are either helping or hurting your performance and well-being.
Keeping a bike diary is easy, and extremely beneficial. Whether you are going the pen and paper route, or being a little more modern with software or word processors on your computer, what matters is that you keep track regardless.
Biek noting relevant information, you can always be sure you have a record to look back at, helping you tweak your training accordingly.
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