The Athlete's Life Log

Over the past few years there have been huge advances in our ability to measure various physical metrics to assess training and recovery. It seems as though not a week passes without a new "breakthrough" in our ability to measure some new metric which will tell us whether we are recovering or not. This rush towards technology seems to overlook the obvious: the best way to determine if an athlete is recovered is to ask them. There are no measures currently available that can tell an athlete whether they are recovered and ready to train as well as their own body.

Recovery is about more than the time since the last training session or the intesity of that session, it can be influenced by many things, including:

This complexity means that the only place to get an accurate view of the state of an athletes recovery is the athlete themselves. Other measures of fatigue, for example, do not take into account the variations in the ability of the athlete to recover due to the factors mentioned above.

Training Trends provides a quick daily log which is completed by an athlete at about the same time every day before training. This then is combined with training load to calculate a Training Readiness Score which should be considered when deciding how to train on that day. This information is stored and can be analysed over time to look for trends (for example when there are a number of days where the athlete reports significant fatigue this should be considered an early warning sign of potential over training).

A side effect of this self assessment process is an increased awareness on the part of an athlete to the signs their body shows them. Building this awareness can help an athlete pace better in training and racing as well as catch early signs of illness or injury.