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Keeping a 'Race Journal'

Old 04-21-09, 08:51 PM
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Keeping a 'Race Journal'

Do you guys keep a race diary of sorts where you track your placing, total riders, avg.speed, AP/NP, etc?

How do you do this if you do? Excel?
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I just log date, race name, placing, number of starters, mileage in an excel sheet for use for upgrades. Training Peaks WKO keeps track of all my other data.

I guess I could just put all that data into Trainingpeaks as well
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trainingpeaks race reports
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Old 04-21-09, 09:20 PM
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Originally Posted by SwimBike View Post
trainingpeaks race reports
Wassat?
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I put the notes in the "notes" field in WKO
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My race resume consists of a folder where I dump race result spreadsheets and brochures...

My training log contains everything else.
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Old 04-21-09, 10:24 PM
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I keep a riding journal in excel. Mileage/time/training log on one sheet. On another I put race reports with distance, # of entrants, my place and my notes on how the race played out and what I did right and wrong (usually 5 or 6 sentences). If I had a power meter I'm sure the training part would go into WKO or something but I would still keep a log of race reports. It is fun to look back on what I wrote a few years ago. I sure wish I had a log for the races I did 20 some years ago.
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well... a blog is a good and fun "journal" to keep if you don't care to share with folks. I got out of the habit a while bakc and the blog was just more fun.

i also keep an excel file with the basic information on races, dates, results, field sizes, etc.
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I have placings in my race resume. I have a document where I put things, I learned in the race. And I have another document where I put a short write up. Combining all these would be smart, but I'm lazy.
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I created a spreadsheet using Google Documents. It just has the date, race name, placing, field size and a section for random notes.
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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post
Do you guys keep a race diary of sorts where you track your placing, total riders, avg.speed, AP/NP, etc?

How do you do this if you do? Excel?
i used to keep a fairly detailed journal (where/when/distance/time/course/weather/how i felt/how i did/etc).

these days i just type some basic info in iCal, and if i feel the urge, i'll write a report for my blog.
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i put the notes in the "notes" field in wko
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Old 04-22-09, 08:42 AM
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Last couple years WKO, but before that I had a weekly planner where I wrote things. I'd sum hours each week and write that down on each corner (one week was a left and right page). In the old days I summed miles, but I think that's not a good indicator of training anymore, esp since I ride on the trainer most of the time.

Small enough that I'd write only critical stuff, big enough that I could write critical stuff. I've tried daily planners but they get bulky, and I don't feel like writing in them. Small weekly planners are too small. I like the 5x8 side or whatever is the size in that range.

I have almost all my journals from 82 or 83 on. It's interesting to see what I did here and there. And what I thought was critical back then.

I don't train too scientifically though. I do mostly just pedaling, I try and break milemarks (20 min avg watt, max watt, max speed), see how long it takes to do a loop if I feel like it, and race.

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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post
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trainingpeaks race reports
Wassat?
When you create a race in your ATP, TrainingPeaks creates an entry in your Reports->Race Reports section. You can go in there and record placing/number of entrants, bike time, bike distance, pace, and any comments you want to make.
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Old 04-22-09, 09:58 AM
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I used to keep race notes in spiral notebooks that were my training journals. I would write down the event, race, category, my strategy and what I thought was the strategy of others, "marks", what I did during the race and why, who else did what and why, result, how I felt/sensations, what I did well, and what I effed up.

past 2 years I've downloaded stuff in poweragent, and keep track of everything else in my head.

I moved in december and dug up some of my old notebooks, great bathroom reading, but depressing seeing how many current cat 1s were my "marks" that I beat back when we were 4s, and I'm sitting there still a Cat 3.
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