Why Tracking Progress is Important for Triathlon Training

Athletes who hire a triathlon coach do so for one primary reason: they want to see improvement in their ability to race a triathlon. Improvement is always relative to the athlete, of course, but none-the-less, it’s expected (and for good reason) that working with a triathlon coach will yield greater success than previous experiences. The ultimate proof of improved performance comes on race day, when the athlete, after training for a number of months under their coaches guidance, is able to complete an event better than he or she has done so in the past.

There are a couple of problems with waiting until race day to find out if you’re in better shape. First of all, racing is not exactly cheap, yet, by waiting for your race to determine whether or not you’re able to set a new ‘PR’ or not is a bit of risk. Secondly, tracking your progress through racing is not always the best proof of an athlete’s improved fitness and racing ability. The reason: unexpected things happen. Goggles are knocked off during the swim, a punctured tired during the bike split, an upset stomach halfway through the run, the list could go on and on. In fact, part of what makes triathlon such an incredibly fun event to be a part of, is the fact that anything can happen, and usually does. So, putting all of one’s eggs in a single basket, so to speak, can sometimes leave you questioning whether or not you have made any progress.

Managing triathlon training progress.

How do you manage progress in your training?

To help track progress and further enhance the athlete’s experience, Trismarter has developed a Training Analysis Progress Report (monthly and quarterly options) which gives athletes a report on the progress (or possibly lack thereof) made during a given time period, as well as comparisons to previous training periods with accumulated reports. The report gathers data from the athlete’s TrainingPeaks workout reports, sifts through the data to draw conclusions about the athlete’s progress. Data points include training volume, pacing, power output, and time spent in various heart rate zones in swimming, biking, and running. Data is also analyzed from key workouts and races throughout an athlete’s season for comparison. Here’s a sample of a quarterly report.

By systematically tracking your progress in each discipline of triathlon, you will be able to take most of the guess work out of whether you are on track to performing better than ever, or not. The reports produced rely only on the data that you have submitted to show you how far you’ve come along in your training.Trismarter coaches also analyze the results from the type of training you have done, and make suggestions on whether you should continue with more of the same, or move on to the next phase in your training periodization. This analysis could be key to your approach to reaching your personal best.

Training Analysis Progress Reports are available in two forms:

  • Monthly Training Analysis Progress Report, which costs $150 per report, is an analysis of any given month within the athlete’s season.
  • Quarterly Training Analysis Progress Report, which costs $200 per report, is an analysis of a three month period during the athlete’s season.

Athletes can purchase either Quarterly or Monthly reports at any time within their season. The Quarterly report is also available as a standard part of the Level 2 Coaching program. For more information, including a free consultation, contact Trismarter Triathlon Coaching & Nutrition to get started!

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