Every athlete and coach knows that keeping a training diary is a good habit to have, yet not enough people do. Why?

Our guess is that it is just another thing to carry around with you, plus not every session or day is interesting or noteworthy so you don’t fill it in. Hence it is hard to build a habit if you do not do it regularly.

What is a training diary and what are the benefits of keeping a training diary.

A training diary is usually a notebook where you write down what you did in your training session. The benefits are to keep track of what you have done when you did it and who you did it with. We think we have great memories, but we don’t. We forget the detail which could be important at a later date, say when you get ill or injured.

Most athletes who keep a training diary carry a notebook around and write into it once they finish the session. A modern training diary is more than just a notebook it also connects the comment to the training information you are gathering. Collecting data via wearable devices and typed into Team google sheets is great and helps keep track of your performances, but it is also important to keep track of the more subjective thoughts and feeling about the session, like perceived effort or who was in the crew with you or how you felt it went.

People have their phones with them all the time and this is where most of their data is kept. Keeping your comments and notes in the same place means that all your information is in one place and you will never lose your training diary as it is all backed up.

Here are the 5 top reasons to use a training diary.

Session Results
Collect all the results form your sessions and races, including timed pieces, ergo results, session duration.

Perceived Effort
Remind yourself of how hard you found that session, for experienced athletes this is a good judge of training load.

Keeping notes
Just a few annotations about things that went on in the session or even a few thought about some technical points made by the coach

When you go to do the 3×20 min ergo session again, you know what you did last time and it will help you approach the next session

Tracking injury and illness
Noting down when you are ill and injured and for how long. Completing the training programme is a key performance indicator, knowing how much training you missed could be important when you review the year.