Leaving post-workout comments in your training log may feel unnecessary when your training device auto-uploads your workout directly into TrainingPeaks. Isn’t the data from your training device enough for you and your coach to work with? Although your training device data is crucial, it only tells part of your training story. Data from your workout device outlines the … [Read more...] about Why Is Logging Post-Workout Comments Important and What Should You Include?
To excel in your athletic goals, you need to train with a purpose. Training with a purpose means knowing why you are doing a particular workout and how that workout fits into your overall progression toward your goals. But to train with a purpose, you need a plan. To create your own custom training plan, check out the "Guide to Creating Your Training Plan." The … [Read more...] about How Do You Create a Custom Training Plan?
A key element of any training plan is the use of training zones to help you achieve the right training effects as you progress through your program. But how do you set your training zones if you’re using a heart rate monitor or power meter? What about if you’re using pace? What about perceived exertion, and how does perceived exertion correlate with heart rate, power, and … [Read more...] about How Do You Set Your Training Zones?
Mental skills training isn’t just for elite athletes. It’s for anyone interested in optimizing performance. If you’re an endurance athlete looking to perform at your best — regardless of experience or competitive level — mental skills training is just as important as the physical training you do. But how do you get started? Begin with the newly released "Guide to Goal … [Read more...] about How Do You Integrate Mental Skills into Your Training?
Self-talk — the “verbalizations or statements addressed to the self” (Hardy 2006, p. 84) — has been widely examined in sport psychology. Self-talk can be positive or negative, spoken aloud/externally or silently/internally, and be instructional or motivational. The research literature has shown that “self-talk is beneficial for athletic performance” (Tod, Hardy & Oliver … [Read more...] about How Do You Use Self-Talk to Improve Performance?