31 Easy Tips to Sporting Excellence is a collection of tips that you may not have thought of but can help drive you towards your goals this year. While (like anything worth pursuing) they require a certain amount of effort to implement, they are straightforward and simple to put into practice.
Previous tips in the series include:
As you train towards your goals (no matter what your goals are), how do you know you are progressing? When times are tough and motivation is low how do you push through without knowing that you are getting closer every day you train?
Tracking your performances in training and races as you move towards your goals will help keep your eye on the prize through a long season.
Use a training diary (hat tip to Ryan Kelly for this MS Excel cycling logbook) to track your progress from month to month or year to year. If you give yourself the option of looking back on your performance over the course of different seasons you will likely surprise yourself at how much you have improved.
Enjoy your small gains* – they are not always obvious but stop and register them and congratulate yourself. Treat yourself along the way – this journey is supposed to be fun. The pressure is on to be always moving forward, but make the deal with yourself that you will enjoy the progress.
With pressure should come pleasure.
* The article above comes from Brackin Elite Swim Training and also features some good swim tips and tools to consider.