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Track your Progress to get your Progress

Heyyy folks!

It's not unusual that in cycling sports amitious riders spend hours of training but forget to log their workouts which would help them to see progress and not to tread water. When there comes a time of failure your workout tracking will help you to analyze your training on potential sources of mistakes and sort them out.

Nowadays there are many different ways and systems of  how to log your workouts. There are traditional old school methods of keeping a classical handwritten workout diary in which you record data of your bycicle computer. Another way would be using digital divices to save your progress like smartphones with sports tracking apps like "Sportalyze Sports Tracker" and online platforms to evaluate training data like "Garmin Connect". I personally prefer a combination of both as it's interesting to see statistics and diagrams of your rides depicted by a good training software but also I find that nothing helps more understanding your body's reaction on a certain routine as turning pages of last months workouts in your handwritten diary.

Important parameters to log are definitely duration, distance, heart rate, average power if you have a powermeter. But also other factors like weather conditions and how you felt during and after training might be quite revealing when analyzing progress. Furthermore it is helpful to also track your weight and morning pulse, but don't take ups and downs of your pulse too serious as it is a moody fellow influenced by many factors.

If anybody would ask me which tool i find the most important I'd say definitely a powermeter as it gives you the most meaningful data and took my training efficiency into new spheres because power is power as watt values don't tell a lie. Never!


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