I am new to this site, but have seen many threads of people logging their training. What are the benefits of doing so? I am curious as i will be creating my own schedualed training program. Thanks in advance for any answers
What is the point of logging?
Miele-Scott on August 18, 2009 at 3:44 pm #16085
Analysis by a very wide range of others (but obviously not all respond with their thoughts), in most cases you will get replies if you ask specifically or if in someones opinion there is a feature out of place (time line or combination of features that are a curious mix on one day for example). You don’t need a really tough skin but, I think, be prepared for a variety of replies.
Those of us who coach (or those “lurkers”) are almost always interested in furthering our knowledge and that comes from reading/seeing/hearing what others do and then questioning why they do that or why we do not.
The evolution of Aaron Springer is a prime example; some are in a position right now well removed what some personal situations are (speedfreak1 being in Berlin and Nick’s competitions in Europe earlier this year are prime examples) for me personally those athletes are both in competitions well above athletes I coach but where some would like to be in a number of years, I learn. IMO there is a small percentage of those “lurkers” looking for that perfect training plan as opposed to looking for generalities, taking what is proved and applying it.
Connections if you choose to use “PM”…in some ways the pool of brain power becomes much larger.
Trends I guess though often those prove to have been done before…training on grass post Beijing was a common thread here and elsewhere but that is more often in the non-training journal part of this site.
i originally started doing this so my coach could see my workouts while i was on winter break. I have continued it though because i like being able to go back and see the progession of my workouts. It also allows you to make notes on your workouts so that in the future you can see what worked what didnt, and how you felt after certain things. For me its about creating a history to look at.
Matt Norquist on August 19, 2009 at 2:54 am #87854
What I like about it is the accountability. Would love to see more feedback/questions from others (that would make the logging even more beneficial), but the big thing is just that I have to actually go do the workout, or else I can’t post it!
Josh Hurlebaus on August 19, 2009 at 2:59 am #87855
Thats my reason too Matt.
If I don’t post for a week or so people will know I’m not working out!
Nick Newman on August 19, 2009 at 3:08 am #87856
I do it because if i didn’t do it online i would do it in a book…and i want people to be able to learn from positives and negatives that i do…when i jump 8 meters i think my log will become a lot more valuable to people…
it’s journey for us all, why not share it within our track community…too many people don’t share their training and all that does is create a million questions…
Miele-Scott on August 19, 2009 at 4:24 am #87865
The variety of answers dooes make it seem like a good idea to have a log. I will be creating my own soon, thanks everyone
Aaron Springer on August 19, 2009 at 7:10 am #87884
For me personally, I get tons of encouragement by looking back and seeing how far I’ve come.
I should probably start giving some more reason why I do things though because in a year or two I’m sure I’ll look back like “What in the world was I thinking!?” Haha
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