This summary can be as private as you'd like, although it should certainly be shared with your coach. You may also want to discuss it with family members, training partners or other key players in your support system. There are many different questions that could be included, but the most important element of all the answers is honesty.
A summary of a successful season is just as important as one for a less-than-perfect one. Write down things that could be improved or that were successful. Remember to look for the positive as well as negative. If you realize something wasn't done right, include a remedy for the upcoming season. Be sure to keep a written record of season summaries to look back on in the future.
Here are some questions to include in a season summary:
- What was the highlight of your season (best race or greatest accomplishment)?
- In what areas do you feel you improved most?
- What was your greatest disappointment? Why?
- What do you feel you need to improve most next season?
- If you could change your training, mental preparation or race tactics/strategy, what would you do differently?
- If you've started thinking about next season, what would you most like to accomplish?
- In what ways could working with your coach be improved?
Andy Applegate heads a2 coaching and is an elite-level road, cyclo-cross and mountain bike racer. He's also a USA Cycling and Ultrafit-certified coach. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information check out www.a2coaching.com.