10 Reasons to Keep a Training Diary

A training diary is a chronicle, journal, memento, memoir and log. It is a personal record of events, experiences and observations.

It can be a coach and a crystal ball. It can provide a wake-up call and a slap on the wrist.

A training diary is one of the best tools you can use if your goals are to improve. Performance trends and patterns that cannot be seen by observing one day at a time become clear in a diary.

Your resting heart rate for one day does not tell you much, but observing the pattern of rise and fall against the background of a training schedule can red-flag fatiguing workouts and identify the number of days required for proper recovery.

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